Forester Fire

If you follow along on our blog, you've probably seen that we love Ancho Reyes. It's the perfect way to add some heat to almost any cocktail, regardless of the base spirit.

In this case, we've started with another one of our favorites, Old Forester 86 proof. With a lower proof than some of the other Old Forester options, it's got a sweet and smooth finish that makes it worthy of its history. The first bourbon in America to be bottled for retail sale, Old Forester seemed to have fallen out of favor a few years ago, overtaken by the 'sex appeal' of newer products that came to market. But we absolutely LOVE this shit and are glad to see folks are coming around to enjoy it as much as we do!

Mix it with a little Ancho Reyes, lemon and simple, and you've got a slightly spicy whiskey sour that's ideal for sipping slowly or knocking back!


cocktail shaker
coupe or cocktail glass


2 oz Old Forester 86 Proof
.5 oz Ancho Reyes
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup
strip of lemon zest for garnish


Combine the Old Forester, Ancho Reyes, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish twist of lemon.