The Kentucky Buddy is a variation of a Manhattan, what makes it part of the Bluegrass is using a High Kentucky Rye Bourbon.

This cocktail is a little more sophisticated than I am used to, but each ingredient pairs well with the other.

  • 1.5 oz High Rye Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1.0 oz Campari
  • 1.0 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Orange Twist
  1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker, and add ice.
  2. Shake until frosty.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist.

Manhattans are popular for a reason and if you like them, you will love the Kentucky Buddy. The Campari’s bittersweet taste with notes of cherry partners with the rye bourbon well and the spice of the vermouth is a perfect addition to the cocktail. This Kentucky Buddy can come over to my house anytime

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