September is National Bourbon Heritage Month and it should be highlighted accordingly. Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky made it official so this is actually something to celebrate. Aside from Bourbon being a tasty libation, it has solid significance in American history. Bourbon distilleries were one of the first businesses to hire women to bottle their products in the 1800’s. YAY!
In honor of Bourbon Heritage Month, Maker’s Mark is letting us in on a very cool cocktail trend. Morphing Cocktails is a 2-for-1 cocktail situation that allows customers to have multiple cocktail experiences in one glass. The cocktail is made with Campari infused ice cubes that melt to change the flavor of the cocktail. The Il Palio Cocktail is currently being served at Casa Luca in Washington, D.C. This cocktail starts off as a Maker’s Mark Manhattan. It is mixed with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters, and an orange twist garnish. The cocktail is served over Campari Rocks which melt, turning the drink into a Maker’s Mark Boulevardier. The delicious blend of flavors create an amazing two-for-one cocktail. Check out the recipe below or stop in to Casa Luca for a sip!
Il Palio Cocktail (available at Casa Luca in Washington D.C.)
2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 part sweet vermouth
Orange twist, for garnish
Campari Ice Cubes:
¾ part Campari
2 parts water
Several hours before serving, mix together Campari and water and freeze in a square ice mold. When frozen, make the cocktail: Place 2 Campari ice cubes in rocks glass. Pour all ingredients over ice cubes and garnish with a wide orange twist. Stir the drink to start the ice melting.