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Cocktail of the week: Kentucky Colonel

Kentucky Colonel

A few of Dale DeGroff's books came down the chimney the other day, and just in the nick of time. This new-found appreciation for cocktails has kept me quite busy, but I can't help but come back to the Manhattan time and time again.  At this point, it is, to my mind, the perfect cocktail.

But there's a whole world of cocktails out there, so these books will help my expand my horizons. Tonight, my horizon expanded, if only slightly...

I noticed a a drink in DeGroff's The Essential Cocktail:  The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks (a book which contains pictures much better than mine), which Mr. DeGroff calls a Kentucky Colonel.  The name of the drink alone grabbed my interest.  When I saw the name, I figured on bourbon, which is a good place to start in my book.  Indeed it's a bourbon drink.  From there, it's a simple cocktail to mix, reminiscent of the Manhattan. It reads like this:

2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz Benedictine
a dash (or 2 or 3) orange bitters

Stir.  Serve in a cocktail glass.

Old Grand Dad works fine for me.  And I used Fee Brothers orange bitters, but will try it with Regan's orange bitters oh, in about 10 minutes.

Anyone who enjoys a Manhattan with a bit of Cointreau (I know you're out there) will surely enjoy this cocktail.  It's a bit less, I don't know, "serious" than a standard Manhattan, with its brighter fruity tones.  Do give it a shot.  

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