Five O’Clock Fridays: Kentucky Colonel

Kentucky Colonel craft cocktail recipe

Get the recipe for the Kentucky Colonel, a craft cocktail made at Travel Bar in Brooklyn, New York.

In the “Five O’Clock Fridays” series, we’ll highlight a particular drink we’re loving right now. Depending on where we stumble upon this brilliant beverage, we’ll either provide a recipe to go along with it, or provide tasting notes and point you to where you can purchase it. Today’s edition: the Kentucky Colonel!

Nowadays, negotiating where to meet up with a friend for drinks can be a tricky business for me. It’s a delicate dance that often follows the same line of questioning: “What kind of drinks do you like?” “Well, what do you need to photograph? Is this place up to your standards?”

Sometimes, though, I can fall pretty easily for a place. Case in point: Travel Bar in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. I mean, how could I not like a place that has my two favorite words in one business title?

Travel Bar is the kind of cozy neighborhood bar where you’re about as likely to see a dog walking by as you are another toddler or stroller. It’s no frills — and that’s the way the locals like it.

One such local, a friend of mine, recently suggested that we meet up there for drinks on a balmy April evening. I ordered my customary Sazerac, my favorite drink, before later deciding to issue my standard bar challenge: “Could you make me a cocktail I’ve never had before?

Kentucky Colonel, Travel Bar, bourbon, benedictine, cocktail recipe

Thanks for introducing me to the Kentucky Colonel, Travel Bar!

On this particular evening, it so happened that I was in the mood for something boozy with bourbon in it (typically a safe bet, as it’s my favorite spirit). Joe and Cris took my request in stride, asking, “Have you ever had a Kentucky Colonel?” As I shook my head, they gave me a knowing smile. “I think you’re gonna like it,” Joe grinned.

And they were right. It was deceptively simple, but @#$!ing delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I asked to share the recipe with my readers, to which they willingly obliged.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe for this delicious drink.

Kentucky Colonel

2 oz Heaven Hill Bourbon
1 oz Benedictine

Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon if desired.

Travel Bar's Kentucky Colonel craft cocktail recipe, featuring bourbon and benedictine.

And that’s it! Pretty simple, huh? Sometimes simple is all you need for the perfect drink.

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Get the recipe for the Kentucky Colonel, a craft cocktail made at Travel Bar in Brooklyn, New York.

Have you tried making this cocktail? What did you think? Sound off in the comments below!


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