Woodford Reserve Kentucky Coffee

  • YIELD: 1 cocktail (1 Servings)
  • PREP: 5 mins

Rich, creamy, warm and bourbon-y.


  • 1 oz sorghum syrup
  • 1.5 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • coffee
  • heavy cream
  • holiday spice mix


  1. In coffee mug, mix together sorghum syrup, bourbon and coffee. Leave 1/2″ room at top of mug for cream.
  2. Layer the cream on top of the coffee. You can do this by pouring it slowly over the back of a spoon just barely dipped in the coffee.
  3. Sprinkle generously with the holiday spice mix.
  4. * The holiday spice mix is just pre-ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves mixed together. I keep mine in a mason jar.

Woodford Reserve Applejack Ginger Hot Toddy

  • YIELD: 1 cocktail (1 Servings)
  • PREP: 5 mins

Bright and sweet with apple, ginger, caramel and vanilla.


  • 1/2 oz ginger syrup
  • 1/2 oz applejack
  • juice of 2 half-moon lemon slices
  • 1 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • 1 bag strong black tea


  1. In coffee mug, combine all ingredients. Fill with hot water. Stir gently.

Woodford Reserve Holiday Spice Manhattan

  • YIELD: 1 cocktail (1 Servings)
  • PREP: 5 mins

Rich, spicy and buttery. Tastes like drinking Christmas.


  • 12 drops holiday spice extract
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz hazeulnut liqueur
  • 1.5 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon


  1. Stir all ingredients over ice. Strain into chilled martini glass.
  2. Perfume with two sprays of holiday spice extract.
  3. * To make the holiday spice extract, place into a one-cup mason jar: 1 cinnamon stick broken in half, 6 cloves and hearty pinch of freshly-grated nutmeg. Let sit for 4 to 10 days (taste frequently until desired flavor is achieved). Filter into dropper bottle and spray bottle.

Not a Review: Why I’m Skipping the Bespoke Post Box for December 2012

I absolutely loved my November 2012 Bespoke Post Box of Awesome – the Slate Box. I’ve got an unboxing video here.

But I’m skipping this month’s box. There are actually two boxes to choose from but neither is really appealing to me (but it’s probably just me – read on).


Bespoke Post – Agave Box

This is actually a really nice margarita starter kit. It’s just that I have everything in the kit save the Round Ice Ball Tray (but it’s on my wishlist :)). I also have a much more comfortable shaker, courtesy of Woodford Reserve. BTW – the tequila is not actually included in the kit. 🙁

If you don’t have a mixology kit of your own, this is a great start. One tip – skip the included jigger and get the Oxo.


Bespoke Post – Breathe Box

Another imbibing box (again, without the alcohol). So there’s a nice decanter, funnel and filter. But you know what those little beads are? They’re for cleaning the decanter.

Maybe it’s just me but I’d much rather just use my Venturi Essential Wine Aerator. It decants perfectly and is trivial to clean. 🙂


If you don’t have a nice mixology kit, I do recommend getting the Agave box. But save yourself the $20 and get the Venturi over the Breathe box.


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First Look: Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Spiced Cherry Bitters

A new offering – impressively nothing like the other three.

The new official Woodford Reserve product from Matt Jamie’s Bourbon Barrel Foods.

This one has been under development for quite a while. Matt Jamie worked directly with WR’s Master Distiller Chris Morris to craft a bitters especially suited for bourbon-based cocktails. Continue reading First Look: Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Spiced Cherry Bitters

Two Reviews: Alltech’s Bourbon Barrel Stout & West Sixth’s Slap Happy


As a surprise to no one, I’m a big fan of whiskey barrel aged beers. Being that I am fortunate enough to live in the heart of bourbon country where we are experiencing a renaissance of craft brewing, I have easy access to a pretty decent number of bourbon barrel beers.

Prior to this writing, Alltech’s infamous Bourbon Barrel Ale was my hands-down favorite with BBC’s Bourbon Barrel Stout in second place. So let it also surprise no one that I picked up a 4-pack of the new Alltech Bourbon Barrel Stout right out of the delivery box – it never even hit the shelf.

 Alltech’s Bourbon Barrel Stout

Yep, the label’s coming off the bottle. Not something I would ever hold against the contents of said bottle but in this case it should have been an indicator of things to come … Continue reading Two Reviews: Alltech’s Bourbon Barrel Stout & West Sixth’s Slap Happy