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The Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Cocktail

Southern Mixology Comes to Manhattan


Updated July 11, 2010

The cocktail scene in America has exploded in the last several years. Bartenders have experimented with everything from cotton candy to Pop Rocks to bacon in their cocktails, so I rarely find myself surprised by the creativity of modern mixologists. That is, until Tom Fischer of the Bourbon Blog and mixologist Steven Dennison of Varanese restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky sent me a recipe for a cocktail that combines beer, bourbon and barbecue all in one drink.

Created in honor of this weekend's Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival in Manhattan, Tom and Stephen's concoction includes Makers Mark bourbon, Evan Williams Honey Reserve, hefeweizen style beer and Jack Daniel's Honey Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce. With New York City's weather projected to be below freezing during the festival, Tom and Steven are serving a little of the warmth of Kentucky in a glass to lucky patrons.

BourbonBlog.com has a nice video of the two creators mixing up this cutting edge cocktail. They'll be serving samples up to lucky guests at this weekends festival.


Preparation: For BBQ water: Combine a full bottle 19 oz of Jack Daniel's Honey Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce with equal part of steaming hot water in mixing bowl. Whisk until incorporated. Let sit to cool or refrigerate.


  • Combine Maker's Mark Bourbon, Evan Williams Honey Reserve, BBQ Water and a squeeze of a quarter of an orange in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain and pour into a martini glass.
  • Shake a fourth of a bottle of beer in a cocktail shaker until foamy. Spoon beer foam over top of the cocktail to garnish.
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