Kentucky Cooler
beverages cocktails

Kentucky Cooler

Refresh with the lemony, bourbon flavors of this Kentucky Cooler craft cocktail. A garnish of Grill Mates® Brown Sugar Bourbon Seasoning on glass rims adds a little welcome heat to the sweet.

Recipe created by two-time "Chopped" champ, Chef James Briscione. He brings creativity to the table with bold flavors and spices in his new Food Network cooking show, "Man Crafted."  

  • 15m

    prep time

  • 10m

    Cook Time

  • 9



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Kentucky Cooler

  • McCormick® Grill Mates® Brown Sugar Bourbon Seasoning
  • 1 Meyer lemon, sliced into wheels
  • 12 ounces fresh Meyer lemon juice, peel reserved for Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup, (recipe follows)
  • 8 ounces Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup, (recipe follows)
  • 16 ounces bourbon, such as Maker's Mark
  • Tonic water, for topping off drinks

Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup


  • Place the seasoning mix on a small plate. Rub the rims of 4 rocks glasses or mason jars with one of the lemon slices, then dip into the seasoning mix. Fill the glasses with ice.

  • Fill a pitcher halfway with ice cubes. Add the lemon juice, Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup and bourbon. Stir until thoroughly chilled.

  • Pour the cocktail into the glasses and top each with a splash of tonic. Garnish each with a mint sprig and some lemon wheels. Serve immediately.

  • Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup: Place the lemon zest in a heatproof bowl. Combine the sugar and salt with 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pour the boiling mixture over the lemon peels and let steep 20 to 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition information (per Serving)



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