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
INGREDIENTS

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Ingredients 4 Servings

  • 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
  • Zest of 2 Meyer Lemons, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt from McCormick® Sea Salt Grinder

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 1 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.
  • 2 Fill a pitcher halfway with ice cubes. Add the lemon juice, Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup and bourbon. Stir until thoroughly chilled.
  • 3 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.
  • 4 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)

Nutrition information coming soon.

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