While all the retailers are trying (yet again) to invent another shopping holiday to go along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have our own – Brown Thursday, and it starts and ends with bourbon.  So this holiday season, whether you are on your way to the high school football game or talking to your distant relatives about their weird takes on gender, religion and politics, you’re gonna need some Brown!

Two Holiday Cocktail Recipes With Bourbon


1. The Kentucky Breakfast

Most people don’t think twice about sipping vodka in a breakfast cocktail, but yet are scared of bourbon. Mind you, most of these people enjoy these drinks.  Bourbon is smooth & sweet with caramel-vanilla notes making it a perfect brunch partner, especially when sweetened and frothed up, like we enjoy our ladies.  We give you the Kentucky Breakfast from The Clyde Common Restaurant in Portland OR.

  • 2 ounces Basil Hayden’s Bourbonkentucky-breakfast-cocktail
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water)
  • 1/2 ounce egg white, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon apricot preserves (or something close)
  • Ice

In a cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white and apricot preserves.  Shake well with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  TRM Tip: Goes well in your morning flask.


2. Basil Hayden’s 8th Night Toddy8th Night Hot Toddy Basil Haydens

  • 2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • ¼ part Honey
  • 1-2 Star Anise
  • 2 parts Hot Water
  • Orange Zest
  • Lemon Zest
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.  Shake and strain into a hot toddy glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick.  Enjoy!  Created by Luca Zanirato, Miami.

Thanks For Reading and Happy Brown To You!


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