Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. No garnish


Variation on a Bobby Burns


House cocktail at the Hotel Bel Air in LA.

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Dale Degroff, The Essential Cocktail, pg 19

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  • Very sweet. A little stiff with Wild Turkey 101. Will try with lower proof bourbon. Also more bitters? — ★★★★
  • Not bad but kind of boring. — ★★
  • Nice and smooth. Benefits from being on the rocks, though. — ★★★★
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"Colonel Kentucky" is hereby "Private Kentucky." For me, this drink is a drink in progress. Based on the comments, I used Maker's Mark and only 1/2 oz of Benedictine, and 3 dashes of Angostura bitters. I rated the drink at 2.5. The drink was flat in taste; everything could be tasted, but there was no pizzazz. Just blah!

Had I used 3/4 oz of Benedictine, the whiskey would have been overwhelmed, unless I used an overproofed whiskey. And I would definitely use 3, not 2, dashes of orange bitters. I will try my recommendations next time around, but my thinking on this recipe is that it deserves a 3.0 at best. But, the proof (as it were} is in the...!