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Emmy Cocktails by Basil Hayden’s

Emmy Cocktails by Basil Hayden’s

October 25, 2011 0

Last month Basil Hayden’s teamed up with HBO for their annual Luxury Lounge held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, to create signature cocktails inspired by some of its top shows.  This not-to-miss pre-Emmy party delivered all the accouterments that one might expect of a star-studded, gift-giving suite, including plenty of impressive swag from numerous sponsors like Brahmin Handbags, Gendarme, Invicta, Sophia Fiori, HBO Shop, Michael Antonio Footwear, and of course, Basil Hayden’s.

Before reaching the glitz and glam of the red carpet, VIPS arrived at HBO’s Luxury Lounge and reached for signature bourbon-inspired cocktails crafted by Basil Hayden’s.  The allure of these luscious cocktails is owed to the handy-work of Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr., who created the eponymous Basil Hayden’sâ Bourbon in 1796, teasing out a recipe that captures both the spiciness of rye whiskies and smoothness of small batch bourbons in one masterful blend.  The foundation of this golden amber beauty includes aromas of spice, tea and peppermint, while happy notes of spice, pepper and honey dance on the palate.  Light-bodied and clean with a gentle bite, this blissful bourbon was destined to create cocktails fit for the stars!

Each of the 4 signature cocktails highlighted one of  HBO’s Emmy-nominated shows: Basil Hayden’s® The Mrs. Ari  as a tribute to Entourage, Basil Hayden’s® True Bloody Mary for True Blood, Basil Hayden’s® Pretty, Pretty Good Bourbon Sour as a homage to Curb Your Enthusiasm and Basil Hayden’s® Lucky’s Manhattan for Boardwalk Empire.

More than being simply delicious, these cocktails revealed that Basil Hayden’s was a hit amongst Hollywood’s elite.  In fact, newly announced Emmy Winner, Matt Weiner (exec producer of Mad Men), remarked that he was a big fan of the bourbon. Likewise, Perry Reeves (who plays Ariel “Ari” Gold’s wife (Entourage) and also known as “Mrs. Ari”) was spotted enjoying her cocktail and overheard saying, “Having a drink named after me—this is the highlight of my career. I drink coconut water and ginger ale everyday! It’s like you read my mind!”  A classic favorite amongst bourbon connoisseurs, it’s no wonder that Basil Hayden’s was the partner of choice for this swank event. And for those new to the bourbon—it is a little like ‘love at first sip.’ It doesn’t take long to quickly become a devoted fan of this enduring Kentucky gem.

Want some of your own VIP cocktail swag? Make any one of these cocktails at your next party using Basil Hayden’s.  Sure to be a winning ‘splash’ with all of your friends, don’t forget to roll out the red carpet!

BASIL HAYDEN’S EMMY AWARD WINNING COCKTAIL LINE-UP

1. Basil Hayden’s® Pretty, Pretty Good Bourbon Sour

Inspired by HBO®’s Curb Your Enthusiasm

Ingredients:

• 1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
• ¾ part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
• ½ part Sweet + Sour Mix
• Splash of Soda
• Squeeze of Fresh Lime
• Garnish: Lime Wedge

Preparation:

• Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
• Shake, strain, and serve in a rocks glass over ice.
• Garnish with a lime wedge.

2. Basil Hayden’s® True Bloody Mary

Inspired by HBO®’s True Blood

Ingredients:

• 1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
• 2 dashes Celery Salt
• 2 dashes Hot Sauce
• 2 dashes Worcestershire
• 1 tsp Wasabi
• Tomato Juice
• Lime Juice
• Garnish: Celery, Lime Wedge & Blue Cheese Olives

Preparation:

• Rim a pint glass with lime juice and celery salt.
• Fill with ice to the top.
• Add bourbon, celery salt, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and wasabi.
• Fill remainder of the glass with tomato juice, stir well.
• Garnish with celery, lime and blue cheese olives.

3. Basil Hayden’s® The Mrs. Ari 

Inspired by HBO®’s Entourage

Ingredients:

• 1 ¼ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
• 1 part Coconut Water
• 1 part Pink Lemonade
• 1 part Ginger Ale
• Garnish: Lemon Wedge

Preparation:

• Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon to a highball glass and fill with ice.
• Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
• Garnish with a lemon wedge.

4. Basil Hayden’s® Lucky’s Manhattan

Inspired by HBO®’s Boardwalk Empire

Ingredients:

• 1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
• ½ part Sweet Vermouth
• ½ part Dry Vermouth
• ½ part Maple Syrup
• 2 dashes of Bitters

Preparation:

• Stir together bourbon, vermouths, maple syrup and bitters over ice in a rocks glass
• Garnish with a cherry and serve.

 

Making Drinking Easy,

Karima Mariama-Arthur
Washington, DC

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