There is a certain orange-labeled bourbon packed into an apothecary-style bottle that has acquired quite a following here at Bi-Rite. Bulleit Bourbon is the creation of Augustus Bulleit, who disappeared sometime in the mid 1800s. In 1987, Augustus’ great-great-grandson, Tom Bulleit, decided to revive the family bourbon business.
When we received our first cases of the much anticipated Bulleit Rye, we sold through all of our inventory in a matter of days. Naturally when a green-labeled bottle appeared on the shelf, our customers were anxious to try (I recall one very excited guest who saw the bottle and immediately decided a pre-prandial glass was in order).
Bulleit Rye is 95% rye and its smooth, oaky body finishes with a nice balance of spice. While enjoyable on its own, we’d like to share a cocktail created by Brad Farren from the Clover Club in Brooklyn, NY. Might I add that it’s currently maple syrup season in the Northeast–TAP THE SAP!
Maple Rye Sour
2oz. Bulleit Rye
½ oz. orange juice
½ oz. lemon juice
¼ oz. maple syrup
¼ oz. Averna Amaro
An orange peel for garnish
Into a cocktail shaker, add ice, rye, orange juice, lemon juice, maple syrup, and liqueur. Shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with an orange peel.