Cocktails with Delicious Basil Hayden Whiskey for Every Holiday Moment

The history of its pioneers is ingrained in American identity, and bourbon is the quintessential American spirit. More than a century before the United States was founded, in the 1660s, a family moved close to the Chesapeake Bay. This family was the ancestors of Basil Hayden, Sr., who served as the model for Beam Suntory's Basil Hayden line of whiskies. The family comprised farmers and produced agricultural goods that supported breweries, wineries, and distilleries, like many others in the Virginia-Maryland region.

After leading a group of emigrants out of Virginia eventually, Basil Hayden found land at Bardstown, Kentucky, after they had passed the Cumberland Gap. When Hayden Sr. was a child, he grew up close to tobacco farmers who planted rye as a cover crop for their fields. European immigrants invented the rye distillation method and later included the spicy grain to numerous American whiskey mash bills. A high-rye (around 22%) bourbon was produced in the 18th century by Hayden Sr. Nearly a century after the family had moved to Bardstown, Raymond Hayden created his own whiskey under the Old Grand-Dad label as a tribute to his paternal grandfather.

The bottle bears Basil Hayden, Srname .'s as a reminder of its function as a tribute to one of the great pioneer master distillers in the history of Virginia and Kentucky. In 1992, Beam Industries, as it was then known, decided to release a small batch bourbon collection. They commissioned Booker Noe to create a high-rye bourbon in his honor. Basil Hayden Bourbon is a great choice to base holiday cocktails on for every season, especially as we head into the winter months when a warming glow from delectable whiskey is exactly what the season calls for. Given its role in the development of the young country and its growth as a premium spirit.

Thanksgiving Feasts - Vanilla Old Fashioned

Because there are so many distinct flavors and degrees of spicy, sweet, savory, and salty on the table, Thanksgiving can be the most difficult day of the year for pairings. Sommeliers and lovers of cocktails may find it to be a bit of a nightmare.
The greatest recommendation is to serve one cocktail with dinner and another for dessert. For dinner, the Vanilla Old Fashioned is a great option. The meal will then be finished with a dessert that uses baking spices. You haven't cooked this year?
For your hosts, this bourbon is the ideal gift. Your bottle of appreciation for providing the feast will be greatly appreciated by them.

• 2 oz. Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
• 1 One-inch piece of vanilla bean (split)
• 1 One-inch piece of orange zest
• ¼ oz. Simple syrup
• 2 Dashes of orange bitters
• 1 Orange wheel (garnish)

In a rocks glass, muddle the vanilla bean and orange zest with simple syrup and bitters. Add the bourbon and ice, stir, and garnish with the orange.

Christmas Gatherings - Bourbon Hot Toddy

For most families, Christmas is a significant occasion, and the custom of opening presents on Christmas Eve is frequently accompanied by seasonal goodies like hot chocolate, roasted nuts, baked goods, and sweets. A hot toddy is the ideal seasonal beverage for a winter evening spent by the fireplace.

• 2 oz. Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
• 1 oz. Honey
• 2 Lemon wedges
• 2-3 Slices of ginger, peeled
• 4-5 Dashes bitters
• 4 oz. Hot water
• Cinnamon stick (garnish)

Ginger and water should be heated in a pot over medium heat until almost boiling.
With the ginger removed, pour the water into a big mug. When adding the honey, mix it in thoroughly before adding. Lemon wedges should be squeezed and added. Give it another swirl after adding the bitters and Basil Hayden to ensure that everything is incorporated. Add cinnamon powder or a cinnamon stick as a garnish.

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