The Kernel

No, we're not talking about Mr. Sanders. We're talking about kernal as in corn. The king of the grains. 

A lot of the whiskey and bourbon our there is made with corn - but most of it is a blend of corn and some other grains - wheat, barley, rye, etc. This stuff from Tenn South Distillery is 100% corn. 

And thanks to that corn-centric mash, the finished whiskey has a unique flavor, bordering on fruity - even a little fresh banana fragrance, in fact. So we were playing around with it and came up with a combination of ingredients that might sound a little odd at first. But trust us. It works. 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Tenn South Old King Corn Whiskey
.5 oz banana purée (just mash up a ripe banana so it's real good n' smooth)
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
splash of ginger ale
lemon twist for garnish

method:

Combine everything but the ginger ale and lemon garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake like hell and strain it into your rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lemon twist.