Sometimes I like to whip up a fun and unique drink. One that I’ve either never seen on a menu before, or inspired by a unique concoction I’ve tried. But sometimes a classic is just as good. And there’s no reason to stray from these either because they’re just so good. There’s a reason why they’re a classic!
How To Make A Kentucky 75 Cocktail
If you follow my bar stocking tips, you should have all of these ingredients ready to go. They’re bar essentials from the bitters, to lemon, little bubbles and my go-to bourbon, Coopers’ Craft. You can add a little simple syrup too (if you don’t have simple, a little squeeze of agave works in a pinch).
This bourbon based cocktail is so insanely easy to make and doesn’t even need a cocktail shaker. I did make mine a tad special and instead of just using plain old simple syrup, I infused mine with fresh ginger. It adds a really great bite to it and you can leave out the bitters if you like! Here’s how to do it.
- 2 ounces of bourbon
- 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 to 3/4 ounce of simple syrup – I infused mine with ginger, but this isn’t a required step for the classic drink
- Couple dashes of bitters
- Prosecco, champagne or any dry sparkling wine to top off the drink with
Add your bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters to a coupe glass. Then top with champagne. Pouring the champagne into the glass should mix the drink up enough. If not, you can always take a spoon to stir it. I like to garnish with a lemon peel.
That’s it! It’s such an easy cocktail to make and one that is so delicious. The combination of lemon and bourbon with the champagne is so delicious. Highly recommend giving this classic recipe a try the next time you’re hosting friends for dinner, or need a little happy hour pick me up.