One of the first families of whiskey in the US was the family who started Nelson's GreenBrier Distillery. For decades before Prohibition they were one of the top whiskey producers in the states, and they just happened to be based in Tennessee instead of Kentucky. While at the the new distillery, opened by descendants, I tried a coffee liqueur named in honor of the wife of the owner. After her husband died she ran the business, successfully, for years.
Here's to you, Ms. Louisa:
2 oz bourbon (Bellemeade Bourbon preferred)
1 oz Louisa's liqueur (or a suitable coffee liqueur)
2 dashes black walnut bitters
10 drops Scrappy's chocolate bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well-chilled and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a couple of cherries or coffee beans. Toast the women of whiskey!
Occasionally there's a date to celebrate or an anniversary wish to continue. This sweeter take on a Black Manhattan has a lovely rounded bitterness to it from the Punt e Mes.
The Manhattan Punt
2 oz MIchter's bourbon
1 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 dropped 1821 Prohibition aromatic bitters.
Combine ingredients in am mixing glass and stir until well-combined. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Enjoy.
Heather Wibbels is a cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.