Kentucky Colonel Cocktail – A Strong Herbal Old Fashioned

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History Of The Kentucky Colonel

The earliest publication I can find of this cocktail is from the 1914 book “Drinks” by Jacques Straub, published posthumously by his wife, Marie Straub. In fact, that is the only publication I can find of this cocktail. None of his more famous contemporaries share this recipe and I feel a bit iffy about Straub’s cocktail recipes anyway. There are many famous cocktails included in his book but the recipes are all totally off the mark. None of his recipes for the famous and classic cocktails of his time match what others were publishing. It feels like he copied no one, and no one copied him. While this cocktail is pretty good and one worth saving, I wouldn’t give it much historical weight or authority.

What Does The Kentucky Colonel Taste Like

This is a really pretty cocktail but it is very strong. I’m the only one I know who likes this drink but I also am the only one I know who actually like old, strong, herbal drinks. The best way to think of this as an herbal Old Fashioned.


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Kentucky Colonel Cocktail – A Strong Herbal Old Fashioned

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Learn how to make a variation of the Manhattan with an herbal twist.


  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 1/2 oz Benedictine

  • 2 oz Bourbon


  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink.
  • Strain into glass.


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