101 Best New Cocktails: Kentucky Two Step by Brian MacGregor, Wingtip, San Fransico, CA, USA

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

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Kentucky Two Step

Adapted from a recipe by Brian MacGregor, Wingtip, San Fransico, CA, USA

This a great holiday/winter drink that is easy to execute but extremely complex in taste and depth.  It has been one of our best sellers at Wingtip throughout the winter months. I used [two different] whiskies because each adds a different element to the drink. The dry grassiness of the rye played well with the sweetness of the bourbon.  I have made this drink with multiple types of rye and bourbon, and it always seems to work.

“As far as everything else goes… Life is wonderful, I love my job, working in a private club is way cooler than I thought, of course it helps when you have great members, and complete control over the entire bar program from the beginning. We just surpassed the 300 mark for number of whisky expression and there is no limit in sight. I am striving to make Wingtip one of the best environments to enjoy a dram, and having a large selection of well curated expressions helps. Our cocktail list is ever changing as well, which keeps both me, my bartenders, and our members engaged.” Brian MacGregor

45 ml (1.5 oz) Wild Turkey RyeKentucky Two-Step

45 ml (1.5 oz) Buffalo Trace Bourbon

15 ml (.5 oz) Snap Liqueur

3 dashes St. Elizabeth All Spice Dram

1 orange twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass containing one large ice ball or cube.  Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  Brian knows well that if he offers up a drink that calls for a full three ounces of whiskey, he’s bound to get my attention, but I doubt that he knew how much I love the gingerbread notes in Snap liqueur, the ingredient that sends this drink rocketing through the roof as far as I’m concerned.  Nicely done, sir.  Very nicely done indeed.

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