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.

Harvey Headbanger

A crisp, refreshing vodka cocktail is pretty hard to beat. Of course you need to start with the proper spirit, and we think that Reyka Vodka fits the bill perfectly. Made in Iceland, where people know their vodka, Reyka is made in small batches with pure arctic spring water, filtered through lava rocks, and distilled in one of the world's only Carter Head copper stills. And because it's Iceland, the entire distillery runs on geothermal energy from volcanoes! The resulting vodka is clean, pure, fresh, and mixes perfectly with just about anything. So let's make a drink with it!

Now we've all seen the tall, skinny bottle of bright yellow booze behind the bar, covered in dust, and wondered; what is that, what do you make with it, and who drinks it? The answers are Galliano, lots of things, and probably your grandparents long before you were born! You might have heard of the classic cocktail called a Harvey Wallbanger, which is basically a vodka-OJ with a splash of Galliano. With that inspiration, we made a modern cocktail suitable for all you drink snobs out there who would never dare order a screwdriver. (Don't worry that's us too)

Equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
coupe or cocktail glass

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
.75 oz Galliano
.5 oz triple sec
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
3 dashes orange bitters

Method:

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.