Saint Snapper

Even though we think that whiskey is at its most perfect neat in a glass, sometimes a delicious cocktail is what we want to drink, and who are we to stand in our own way? Do what you want to do and drink what you want to drink, that's what we say. 

Nashville's own Belle Meade Bourbon has been making a name for itself these past few years, quickly becoming one of the most popular whiskeys in town. While it stands strong on its own, it also plays well with others. Here at 3st of the Month, we like to play around with time-honored standards and offer a new spin, perhaps a fresh twist on a drink that you might not have had in a while.

Equipment:

Cocktail shaker
Cocktail strainer
Rocks glass

Ingredients:

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.25 oz lime juice
.25 oz herbsaint (or absinthe)

Method:

Rinse rocks glass with Herbsaint, discard remainder. Fill glass with ice. In cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, cranberry juice, simple syrup, and lime juice with ice. Shake and strain into prepared rocks glass.

The Perfect Mint Julep

It's almost Derby time and that means it's also JULEP TIME! 

For the unexperienced, a Mint Julep might seem like a ladies drink, soft and supple, with sweet notes of mint. Don't be fooled, it's one boozy-ass bourbon-packed cocktail, lightly-sweetened and enhanced with fresh mint. 

There's a million and one ways to make them, but after some experimenting, we've narrowed down the recipes to this version, which we like to call The Perfect Mint Julep. 

It starts with the right Bourbon. Of course, we here in Nashville often reach for Belle Meade Bourbon. They just recently won Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, so you know it's good. But you know what else? Take a look at the label. There's horses on there - see, it must be perfect for Mint Juleps!!

The other thing we like to do is to make a mint extract of sorts. Start this process at least a day ahead. For each cocktail you'll make you will need 1/2 ounce of this extract, so plan accordingly. We've included the easy recipe below. 

Finally, you'll want to have a good julep cup, crushed ice and a short straw. Why a short straw you ask? Because it conveniently puts your nose right above the fresh mint sprig, enhancing the enjoyment of this perfect classic cocktail.

 

equipment

mixing glass
julep cup
short straw

ingredients:

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
.5 oz mint extract (see recipe below)
.5 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
fresh mint sprig


method:

Mix together your liquid ingredients and set aside. Fill your julep cup with the crushed ice halfway before placing the sprig of mint so that the top leaves extend about an inch from the rim. Fill the rest of the way with ice, using it to hold the mint sprig in place. You'll want to overfill the cup with ice so it's rounded on top. Carefully pour in your bourbon mixture, add a straw, kick back and enjoy.


Mint Extract

Make the mint extract by infusing 10 fresh mint leaves with every ounce of Belle Meade Bourbon. Let sit at least 24 hours before using. 

The Absinthe Father

For anyone lucky enough to attend our "Whisk(e)y VS Bourbon" 3st of the Month event at The Rosewall, this drink is likely one they're still thinking about today. 

Created by Ed Kolb, a bartender at Rolf and Daughters, the Absinthe Father doesn't just have perhaps the coolest name around, but its complexity is rivaled only by it's downright deliciousness!

Ed was nice enough to share this recipe with us today and we're paying it forward by sharing it with you. You'll need to put a little prep into making the ginger syrup ahead of time. To do this, you'll juice 1 pound of fresh ginger and mix that ginger juice with 1.5 cups granulated sugar until dissolved. Another key ingredient (besides the Belle Meade Bourbon, of course) is the Steen's Cane Syrup. It's a southern staple, so you should probably go ahead and get some for your pantry anyway.

 

The Absinthe Father Cocktail from 3st of the Month

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
.5 oz ginger syrup
.5 oz Steen's Sugar Cane Syrup
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes orange bitters
rinse of absinthe for the glass


method:

Combine all ingredients except the absinthe in a cocktail shaker and shake for 15-20 seconds to chill. Rinse glass with a little absinthe, add a couple ice cubes and strain cocktail into glass.

Sorghum n' Sage Cocktail

When it comes to making great cocktails, it can be simple like a classic daiquiri or complex like this Sorghum n' Sage cocktail. With six ingredients (including the garnish), it's nothing to difficult to make, yet all of the flavors pair together to make a drink that's both boozy and deep.

One of the key elements in this drink is the sorghum syrup. Easy to make, it's simply equal parts water and sorghum, blended together. It adds subtle sweetness and wonderful grassy flavor.

Speaking of wonderful flavor, we like to think that the most important ingredient in this cocktail is the Belle Meade Bourbon. Hailing from the guys at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, we find it to be great for cocktails...and pretty damn tasty neat too.

 

The Sorghum n' Sage bourbon-based cocktail from 3st of the Month

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz. Belle Meade Bourbon
1 oz sorghum syrup
.75 oz Averna Amaro
.5 oz Pear Liqueur
5 drops black walnut bitters
prig of fresh sage for garnish

 

method:

Start by pre-chilling your rocks glass with ice and water. In your cocktail mixing glass, add a few ice cubes and pour in your bourbon, amaro, sorghum syrup, pear liqueur and black walnut bitters. Stir to chill before straining into your chilled cocktail glass with a couple ice cubes. Spank the sage between the palms of your hands to release aromatics and place in the glass to garnish. Enjoy.

 


Stonefruit Sipper

Summer is winding down and with it so is the abundance of fresh fruits and summertime flavors. But don't go whining about it, drown your sorrows in booze like the rest of us.

This deliciously-drinkable cocktail is made with Belle Meade Bourbon, one of our booze partners for our September 3st of the Month event. With it we added fresh summer flavors though the addition of apricot liqueur, peach bitters and Aperol. 

When making cocktails, it helps to think of them like any other recipe - pulling together a balance of flavors ranging from sweet, sour, bitter and even sometimes a little salty. One taste of this one and you'll agree that the elements come together in perfect harmony.

 

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
strainer
bar spoon
cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 oz Lillet Blanc
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Apricot Liqueur
.5 oz Eli Mason Demerara Syrup
2 dashes peach bitters
star anise for garnish


method:

Start by chilling your cocktail glass with ice and water while you prepare the cocktail. Fill cocktail mixing glass with ice and add all ingredients except garnish. Stir to chill. Discard ice from pre-chilled cocktail glass and strain cocktail into glass. Float the star anise on top and serve.

Ambition Cocktail

As most folks know, good quality grenadine is made from pomegranates. However, we have something that we love even more than grenadine - pomegranate molasses. A concentrated syrup made from pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses is one of our favorite cocktail enhancers, providing complexity in flavor that even the best grenadines will never achieve. 

Pomegranates have a rich history with cultural significance that runs all the way back to ancient Egypt, where they were a symbol of prosperity and ambition. 

And when it comes to ambition, there are few products out there that sum up that word as well as Belle Meade Bourbon. One of our partners for September's 3st of the Month "Whisk(e)y VS Bourbon" event, Belle Meade Bourbon is a product of Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. The guys over at NGBD have resurrected what was once the nation's largest producer of Tennessee Whiskey. Now that is what you call ambition.

 

Pomegranate Molasses makes this bourbon-based cocktail AMAZING!

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1 oz Cynar
.5 oz pomegranate molasses
1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 dashes orange bitters
strip of orange zest for garnish

 

method:

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients except orange zest. Lightly shake to combine and strain into your glass. Express the oils of the orange over the cocktail and rub along the rim of the glass before adding it as a garnish.

NOTE: Though we typically don't shake our bourbon cocktails, the viscosity of the pomegranate molasses is best incorporated by a quick shake. You may also stir to combine if you wish.

 


Mahogany

Summer is all about fresh fruits and flavors. One of our favorites at season's peak right now is fresh cherries. Ruby red, juicy and sweet, cherries make a great addition to cocktails, and this one pairs them perfectly with Belle Meade Bourbon in a boozy concoction that goes down way too easy thanks to the addition of Eli Mason's gomme syrup

We're kinda obsessed with gomme syrup right now. Once commonplace in the back bar, it's coming back in force thanks to the silky texture it provides to booze. If you don't have access (you really should stock a bottle in your bar) you can use a rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water ratio). It won't be quite as smooth, but it will still be damn tasty. Drink up.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

4-5 fresh cherries, pitted
1/4 fresh lemon, cut into chunks
2.5 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
.5 oz Eli Mason Gomme Syrup

method:

Place pitted cherries and lemon in the bottom of cocktail shaker. Muddle well to express juice and flavors from the cherries and lemon. Add gomme syrup and bourbon and ice. Shake for 20-30 seconds and pour into rocks glass. Enjoy....responsibly, please!