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Limoncello Manhattan

Bourbon Limoncello Drinks , Mixed Drinks with Limoncello

You never feel more like an old-school Hollywood actor than when you're drinking a Manhattan. I hemmed and hawed about changing the name of this drink, but I decided it's too classic. You need to know what you're getting. 

What you're getting is all the classic balance of the alcohol punch against a bit of sweetness. You're also gaining the lighter and hazier appearance of the limoncello, making for a distinctive twist on the standard Manhattan. 

Because the Manhattan is one of my favorite drinks, I'm picky about the ingredients. I like Bulleit bourbon, though I don't think that matters a great deal. What DOES matter is the sweet vermouth, it has to be Antica Formula--nothing else will do. 

The cherry also matters. It can't be one of those overly al dente, radioactive red maraschinos that you get on top of a sundae. As usual, I recommend going full Italian and only accepting a Luxardo cherry. Add some high-quality limoncello and you get a Manhattan from Little Italy (the name I had to mightily resist giving the drink...)

Limoncello Manhattan
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 0.5 oz Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon Peel (for garnish)
  • 1 Luxardo Cherry
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except lemon peel) in a shaker with ice and shake to combine

  2. Serve straight up with lemon peel, garnish with a Luxardo cherry

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Sage Julep

Bourbon Limoncello Drinks , Mixed Drinks with Limoncello

The Mint Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for over a hundred years. Some would call that "tradition" but I call it long overdue for a change!

Sage is obviously a wiser herb than mint and limoncello is the duct tape of mixology, it fixes everything. Ginger gives it an unexpected zing that you won't soon forget. It all adds up to a huge improvement over that dumb old mint julep. 

The Sage Julep - A fresh Herb and Bourbon Cocktail from LimoncelloQuest

This drink does have more steps and ingredients than a mint julep, but even those hailing from Kentucky should still be able to assemble it. (Editor's note - he's originally from just over the border in Ohio, so this qualifies as "good-natured ribbing.")

Sage Julep
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1 handful Fresh sage leaves
  • 1 2" piece Fresh ginger, diced into 1/4" cubes
  • 2.5 oz Limoncello
  • 1.25 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 leaf Sage (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle sage leaves and ginger until well broken down

  2. Add limoncello, bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice to shaker with ice

  3. Shake vigorously

  4. Strain into a glass over ice, garnish with sage

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The AB Negative

Bourbon Limoncello Drinks , Mixed Drinks with Blood Orange Liqueur , Mixed Drinks with Limoncello

You know what's really missing from the whole holiday experience in the US? It's not more shopping time, that's been expanding for years. It's mid-July and I'm expecting to see Christmas decorations at the stores any time now. 

No, it's an official drink for Halloween. That was going to be your next guess, I know. I don't know if you've ever taken your kids out begging for candy but it's a loud, chaotic affair. A perfect excuse to extend the limoncello-drinking season well beyond summer. 

This cocktail is all class. The color is faintly reminiscent of blood, but not cheesily so. The glass is perfect for holding while observing others bob for apples. The sprig of rosemary marks you as a discerning, dignified adult who just happens to be wearing a Barney costume right now.

The AB Negative - A blood orange and bourbon cocktail from LimoncelloQuest

The drink is named the AB Negative because it establishes the blood/Halloween connection, but also because it's the rarest of all the blood types. Only 0.6% of the population has that blood type--it's true, I just Googled it. That amounts to 1 in 167 people, which somehow sounds far less impressive than 0.6%.

If you confine consumption of this cocktail to Halloween (that's impossible, I know, this is just a thought experiment), then you can only drink it 0.003% of the year. Now THAT'S an impressively rare and uncommonly delicious treat!

AB Negative
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Servings: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1 oz Rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 oz Blood orange juice
  • 1.25 oz Bourbon
  • 1.25 oz Blood orange liqueur
  • Blood orange slice, rosemary sprig (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Shake all ingredients to combine, pour over ice, add garnish

Rosemary Simple Syrup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 5-10 sprigs Fresh rosemary
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce to simmer ~15 minutes, until all sugar is dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened. Strain out herbs and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to four weeks.

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