Kentucky cocktail

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The Kentucky cocktail calls for two ounces of Kentucky bourbon and an ounce of pineapple juice. That might sound like a strange combination, but it actually works very well.

Kentucky Cocktail in rocks glass

The pineapple brings out and sweetens the fruit notes in the bourbon. This sweet fruitiness – which isn’t overwhelming to begin with – gets somewhat overtaken by the oak notes toward the end, and that’s a nice contrast. It’s one of those drinks where each sip is so interesting that you almost can’t wait for the next one.


  • 2 ounces Kentucky bourbon (Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Knob Creek, etc. – don’t waste a single malt on a cocktail!)
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the ingredients. Shake well and strain into an old-fashioned glass.

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Last Updated:

October 5, 2021