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The Golden Hour Bourbon Cocktail

This post contains a Bourbon Cocktail Recipe for the Golden Hour Cocktail using Bourbon. This cocktail recipe is courtesy of Basil Hayden which is the Kentucky Bourbon featured in this post. 

I am always on the look out for unique cocktail recipes. While Bourbon isn’t usually my typical go-to, Basil Hayden has completely opened up my palette to Bourbon with it’s approachable taste. Blended beautifully with the ingredients in this recipe, this drink is smooth and bright.

a brightly colored orange cocktail with a bottle of Bourbon in the background.

Ingredients:

Basil Hayden Bourbon

Lillet Blanc

Aperol Aperitif

Grapefruit Peel

a brightly colored orange cocktail with a bottle of Bourbon in the background.

Glassware

This cocktail can really be made in any glass but it’s ideal to use a classic rocks glass. Here are my favorite beautiful rocks glasses for this classy bourbon cocktail.

A rocks glass is a short heavy bottomed glass that can contain etching or other details. I like a minimal glass so the cocktail can really shine.

Garnishes

The Golden Hour Cocktail is made with a grapefruit peel or zest. Wondering how to get the perfect peel?

I used a peeler to get the slice as thick as I can and then I trimmed the edges. Grapefruit peel is quite pliable and you can work it towards staying in a circle as you place it on the ice for a refreshing flavor mixed with Bourbon and Aperol.

Love tequila instead? Try the Red Sonja cocktail.

a brightly colored orange cocktail with a bottle of Bourbon in the background.
What do you serve Bourbon in?

Bourbon is typically served in a rocks glass.

What is the difference between Whiskey and Bourbon?

Bourbon is different from other whiskeys due to the way it is manufactured and aged.

What cocktails are popular right now?

The Bourbon Old Fashioned and the Golden Hour are two popular and elevated cocktails.

a brightly colored orange cocktail with a bottle of Bourbon in the background.
Yield: 1 drink

The Golden Hour: Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

With a refined taste, Basil Hayden brings smooth and light notes of their Bourbon making it a delicious pairing when mixed with Lillet and Aperol. This three ingredient cocktail represents balance, elegance and quiet joy just like a Golden Hour.

Ingredients

  • 1 part Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3/4 Lillet Blanc
  • 3/4 Aperol Aperitif
  • Grapefruit peel, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. Stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass over a large ice cube.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.

Notes

You can substitue brands however this drink tastes best with premium brands shown here.

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