Bourbon cocktails are much harder to make, compared to rye whiskey cocktails. Bourbon has a natural sweetness that can sometimes mar other flavors used in making cocktails. Whereas rye whiskey, with a drier and spicier flavor, usually serves as a far better base that give cocktails that extra punch.
But that doesn’t mean bourbon lovers have lost out. In fact, some of the bourbon cocktails are an absolute delight. The Mint Julep and Old Fashioned weren’t initially made with bourbon, but that changed and bourbon became the norm. There is however, one more bourbon cocktail that has made itself highly popular – The Revolver.
The Revolver cocktail originated in 2003 in San Francisco and it was introduced by the legendary bartender, Jon Santer. Initially it was made with rye-heavy Bulleit Bourbon as it has spicy a flavor. Santer added orange bitters and a measurement of strong coffee liqueur. That is what makes this drink irresistible, the balance of strong flavors drawn from the coffee liqueur and bourbon. He personally used the Jamaican coffee liqueur, Tia Maria. However, the Revolver can be tried with numerous other coffee liqueurs like Firelit, Galliano Ristretto, Araku and Kahlua. All are flavors from different regions but add their own sparks to the drink.
The cocktail is made by first adding a dose of bourbon. Any bourbon that is heavy in rye will do, as these have a spicy and drier flavor, such as the Bulleit Bourbon. Then add the coffee liqueur, orange bitters and ice. What you get finally, is a luscious Revolver that is ready to kill.
Mix your own Revolver
Combine 60 ml of bourbon, 15 ml of coffee liqueur and 2 dashes of orange bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir it for around 30 seconds till it is chilled. After that, strain the drink into a cocktail glass. At last, twist an orange peel that can either be flamed or just added simply, for garnish.
Whisky cocktails have been created over the decades, with some becoming staples, and some gaining popularity across nations. Just as there are some whisky cocktails, which have been much loved since way before most of us even became of legal drinking age, there are some which are comparatively new, but have managed to become sensations among whisky lovers.
There are days when you’re completely worn out-- these are just the times you cannot find the right drink that lets you unwind. If an espresso is what wakes you up in the morning and if a classic bourbon permits you to settle down in the evening, then the Espresso Old Fashioned is just what you need.