Good Eats

Happy Hour: Ramblin' Man

By Jenny AdamsOctober 5, 2012

Name of Drink: Ramblin' Man
Bartender: Susie Hoyt
Name of Bar:  The Silver Dollar in Louisville, KY
Favorite way to drink bourbon:  The Sazerac

While the Silver Dollar, in Louisville, Kentucky, was designed after a Bakersfield, California, honky-tonk, it has warmly embraced its bluegrass home. The bar carries over 30 whiskey and bourbon varieties—all from Kentucky.  Using local ingredients is a popular theme throughout the restaurant and bar, as is evident in their cocktail the Ramblin’ Man. “This cocktail came from an assignment from a local paper asking for a drink with the smallest carbon footprint,” says Beverage Director Susie Hoyt. “All of the ingredients are from a range of 53 miles from the bar, including with the Charter 101 and Peychaud's coming from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY.”

The Ramblin’ Man
2 oz. Charter 101 Bourbon
¼ oz. local honey syrup (recipe below)
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
5 drops of root beer or other aromatic bitters

Combine all ingredients except the root beer bitters over ice. Stir and then strain into a coup glass. Top with aromatic or root beer bitters.

Honey syrup:  Stir local honey with hot water in a 4:1 ratio until incorporated.


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