Kentucky Colonel

Premium bourbon, some benedictine and a dash of bitters makes the Kentucky Colonel one of the easiest and smoothest cocktails on the menu.

Why is it called the Kentucky colonel?

The Kentucky Colonel is a cocktail named after the honorary title given by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to individuals in recognition of their contributions to the state’s culture and heritage. It is believed that the cocktail was created in the late 1800s to early 1900s in honor of the Kentucky Colonels, who were seen as ambassadors for the state and its traditions, including bourbon whiskey.

Kentucky Colonel

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy ????




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  • 2.50 Ounces Jim Beam black extra aged bourbon

  • .50 Ounces Benedictine

  • 1 Dash of Peychaud’s bitters


  • Assemble all the ingredients in an old fashioned glass over ice cubes and stir.

Recipe Video

Written by Chris Harris, Staff Writer

Howdy. I’m Chris Harris. One of the writers here at Cocktail Hammer. I have a passion for all things food, wine, and mixology. When I’m not I’m behind the bar or writing for this awesome blog, you can find me riding my bike all across New York City.

Edited by Julian Solorzano, Staff Editor

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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