Bartenders hear some of the most incredible stories. And perhaps few of the most lame stories. But the good bartenders will always pretend like it's a good one, regardless of how shitty the story may be.
Some of the best booze also has great stories. Take Medley Bros. Bourbon, for instance. All you have to do is take one look at the label to know there's got to be a good story behind it. It is from Charles Medley and his son, Sam, who have been producing Wathen's Single Barrel for about 15 years now. Charles is the son of Wathen Medley, who is second from the right of the five brothers pictured on the label.
Bottled at 102 proof, it's got some bite to the booze and is great for making cocktails, so we worked it into a cocktail that could lower the overall proof, yet showcase the flavors it got from aging 4 years in a barrel.
cocktail mixing glass
coupe or cocktail glass
.75 oz Medley Brothers Bourbon
.75 oz Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth
.75 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
.25 oz Brandy
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
strip of orange zest for garnish
Combine all ingredients (except the garnish of course) in a cocktail mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir to chill and strain into your chilled glass. express the oils from the peel into the cocktail and place on the rim to garnish.