Kentucky Colonel
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Kentucky Colonel
Cocktail recipe

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The Kentucky Colonel is a cocktail that epitomizes the warmth and richness of Southern American drinks, thanks largely to its primary ingredient, bourbon. The melding of bourbon's deep, caramel-like sweetness ... more The Kentucky Colonel is a cocktail that epitomizes the warmth and richness of Southern American drinks, thanks largely to its primary ingredient, bourbon. The melding of bourbon's deep, caramel-like sweetness with the herbal complexity of DOM Benedictine creates a uniquely layered drink. With just two components, the Kentucky Colonel is both straightforward in construction and sophisticated in flavour, bringing out the vanilla and spice notes characteristic of a good bourbon, while the Benedictine adds hints of herbs and a touch of honey. Served in a cocktail glass, it presents an elegant simplicity, garnished typically with a twist of lemon to add a zesty aroma which complements the sweetness of the cocktail. This drink is representative of the unfussy yet rich tradition of American bourbon cocktails, where quality ingredients speak for themselves.
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Lemon
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40% | 4.8 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Kentucky Colonel

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir well
Pour into a cocktail glass
Garnish with twist of lemon and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of bourbon is best used in a Kentucky Colonel?

For a Kentucky Colonel cocktail, it's recommended to use a high-quality, medium-aged bourbon that strikes a balance between sweetness and oakiness. This ensures that the bourbon's flavor stands out without overpowering the delicate herbal notes of the DOM Benedictine.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Kentucky Colonel stirred and not shaken?

The Kentucky Colonel is stirred instead of shaken to preserve the clarity and smoothness of the drink. Stirring gently combines the bourbon and DOM Benedictine without introducing air bubbles, creating a sleek, clear cocktail that enhances its refined flavors.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What garnish goes well with a Kentucky Colonel?

A lemon twist or a small sprig of fresh mint makes an excellent garnish for a Kentucky Colonel. These garnishes complement the herbal and honey notes of the DOM Benedictine and add a refreshing aroma that elevates the overall drinking experience.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are best suited for serving Kentucky Colonel cocktails?

The Kentucky Colonel, with its sophisticated blend of bourbon and DOM Benedictine, is perfect for evening gatherings, dinner parties, or as an after-dinner drink. Its refined profile makes it well-suited for occasions that call for classic, elegant cocktails.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can I add anything to the Kentucky Colonel to give it a personal twist?

Absolutely! Consider adding a dash of Angostura bitters for a subtle spice layer, or a few drops of orange bitters to introduce a citrusy depth. Another idea is to infuse the bourbon with vanilla or other spices beforehand, giving your Kentucky Colonel a unique flavor profile.

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