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Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is a classic go-to option as we dive into cooler weather.

As you may know, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is aged and bottled at 80 proof, and made with twice as much rye as typical bourbons, giving it a unique spiciness that works perfectly with the flavors of fall. We recommend sipping it neat, on the rocks, or as the base to a modern twist on a classic cocktail, like the Basil Hayden’s Harvest Sour or Basil Hayden’s Fall Shandy – both made by top Chicago mixologist Scott Lobianco. These cocktails feature ingredients like cinnamon and IPA beer that compliment the smooth spiciness of Basil Hayden’s, a great way to welcome “bourbon season” with friends and family.


Basil Hayden’s Harvest Sour

By Scott Lobianco, Chicago

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Rye Whiskey
1/2 part Sweet Vermouth
3/4 part Cinnamon Syrup
3/4 part Lemon Juice
5 Dark Cherries
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

1. Add cherries to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
2. Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker with muddled cherries.
3. Add ice and shake.
4. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.


Basil Hayden’s Fall Shandy
By Scott Lobianco, Chicago

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon 1/2 part Aperitivo 1/2 part Simple Syrup 1/2 part Lemon Juice 2 parts Citrus IPA Orange Twist (for garnish) Mint Leaf (for garnish)

Method 1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except the IPA. 2. Add ice, shake and strain over ice into a chilled collins glass. 3. Top with IPA and garnish with an orange twist and mint leaf.