This drink is named for the early moonshiners who crossed the Allegheny mountains in the Appalachians, who eventually settled the land that is now known as Bourbon County and set about making corn whiskey there. We raise our glass to those booze pioneers!
This can be a rough drink, if you don’t take care to select a good blackberry liqueur. We’ve seen stuff labeled as “blackberry brandy” that’s probably never seen a berry drupe in its life – just another corn syrup slurry disguising itself as something made for human consumption.
Do a little research on your locally-available brands of blackberry liqueur to find out which ones are up to snuff. Lately, we’ve been head-over-heels in love with Leopold Bros’ Rocky Mountain Blackberry Whiskey; though it’s based on whiskey, it’s absolutely bursting with rich, jammy, fresh-tasting blackberry.
Shake with ice and strain into an cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or some blackberries on a skewer.
- Old Mr. Boston Deluxe Official Bartender’s Guide by MR Boston (The original is long out-of-print; this is an updated modern edition).