I recently got my first Woodford Reserve bottle of bourbon. It's something that I've always wanted to try. I had a boss who used to end his shift with a glass of Woodford Reserve neat. I personally don't like my bourbon neat (I think alcohol should be cold unless it's a hot toddy). I do always taste bourbon neat to get the notes of the bourbon. When I tried Woodford Reserve: I got notes of Maple, woodiness, and caramel. It felt very smooth and is an easy sip. I know understand why my former boss loves it so much.
After tasting, I came up with a few ideas for cocktails. I take cocktail making as an inspiration and then execution. I come up with a few basic bourbon cocktails and then think about how I can elevate that bourbon with flavors. Here I have created an afternoon cocktail, a dinner/happy hour cocktail, and an after dinner cocktail.
The Senator was indiscreet
Peach Basil Bourbon Smash 🥃
2oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon 🥃
1 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz honey syrup
2 Peach 🍑 slices
3 basil leaves
Club soda to top
Recipe: in a shaker with ice, muddle honey syrup and basil. Pour Woodford reserve bourbon and peach schnapps. Shake until cold. In a double old fashioned glass place peach slices and ice. Pour from shaker and enjoy!
Always up for a trip to Rio
Old fashioned 🥃
2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon 🥃
1 oz luxardo cherry liqueur
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
One sugar cube
Garnish: Moonshine Cherries and Orange Slice
Recipe: In a mixing glass, pour Woodford Reserve bourbon, luxardo cherry liqueur, and three dashes of bitters. Stir. In an old fashioned glass, muddle a sugar cube and orange slice. Pour from mixing glass and place ice cube and moonshine cherries.
Libel sometimes gets you a lady
After dinner cocktail 🍸
1 1/2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon 🥃
1 oz Pear Liqueur
1/2 oz Allspice dram
1/2 oz honey syrup
Garnish: Luxardo Cherries
Recipe: in a shaker with ice, pour Woodford reserve bourbon, pear liqueur, allspice dram, and honey syrup. Shake until cold. Pour into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a skewer of luxardo cherries.
I hope you enjoy these cocktails to up your Woodford Reserve bourbon. I think a good bourbon can be enjoyed straight and can be enjoyed in a wonderful mix of flavors. Cocktails are a fun way to get to know yourself and your tastes.