Happy Hour: Ramblin’ Man

A bourbon cocktail built around local ingredients and homemade honey syrup

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, Kentucky.”


    • 2 oz. Charter 101 Bourbon

    • ¼ oz. local honey syrup (recipe to follow)

    • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters

    • 5 drops of root beer or other aromatic bitters


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

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