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Toast the awards shows with fun cocktails

Basil Hayden
Basil Hayden

With the recent broadcast of The Golden Globes last night and upcoming SAG Awards fast approaching, we’d like to share our picks for some fun cocktails in honor of some our favorite shows:

To Toast House of Cards...

Basil Hayden’s Power Play

Recipe by Joel Black (Los Angeles, CA)

Ingredients:
11⁄2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1⁄2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
3⁄4 parts Simple Syrup
2 drops of Vanilla Extract

Splash of Root Beer

Method:
1. In a double old-fashioned glass, add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, vanilla extract and ice, top with root beer.
2. Pour mixture into a mixing tin then back into the double old-fashioned glass.
3. Add an additional splash of root beer and garnish with a lemon rind.

To Toast VEEP...

Basil Hayden's Second in Command Julep

Recipe by Joy Perrine (Louisville, KY)

Ingredients:
4 parts Basil Hayden's Bourbon
4 chopped Strawberries
10 Kentucky Colonel or Spearmint Leaves

4 Lemon Wedges
1 part Water
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar

Method:
1. Muddle brown sugar and water in pint glass until sugar dissolves.
2. Add chopped strawberries, lemon wedges and mint leaves and muddle well.

3. Add Basil Hayden's Bourbon and shake.
4. Add ice and shake once again.
5. Strain cocktail over crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig and strawberry.

To Toast Downton Abbey...

Basil Hayden's Aristocrat

Recipe by Brian Gastaldi (Miami, FL)

Ingredients:
11⁄2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
1 tbsp Dark Fruit Preserves (Plum, Black Cherry or Currant)

1⁄2 part Orange Juice

Method:
1. Combine all ingredients and ice in a mixing glass.
2. Shake glass vigorously to a ten count and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a martini glass.
3. Garnish with an orange twist.