Master Distiller “Top Shelf Pick”!

Hey, Whatcha Drinkin’ There?

Ever wonder what Master Distillers of bourbon and American whiskey labels drink when they’re not working? We aim to find out in what will be a long term (possibly never-ending?) project!

Every month we’re now featuring a “Top Shelf Pick” from Master Distillers around the country and zeroing in on a specific drink of choice sipped by the elite masters of bourbon, masters of whiskey, whether it’s a cocktail, a spirit, a beer, wine or soda?!  We started our series featuring John Little, Master Distller, Smooth Ambler Spirits,” in the spotlight, so to speak. A recent featured guest speaker at a Royale Bourbon Society event, John let “slip” he is quite partial to sipping a Brown Derby when he’s not sipping his own – or another – label. That gave us an idea…what do they like to sip when not working?

So we reached out to John to get his take on the Brown Derby and came up with our first Master Distiller “Top Shelf Pick,” in his case the Smooth Southern Derby, and with John’s guidance, we created the style, taste profile he prefers. Voilà, an inspired cocktail, using Smooth Ambler Old Scout Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 7 year; freshly squeezed grapegruit juice, honey syrup, and a few quick shakes. Serve in a retro coupe stem and you have great bourbon, refreshing taste, and elegance in hand.

Let us know what you think. We have to say, we’re lovin’ it! We’ve also included the recipe so you can make at home. Simple, straightforward and tastes like a perfect easin’ into fall day! Cheers! Share a pic of your Smooth Southern Derby (whether you’re sipping at Picàn or elsewhere) to Instagram #SmoothSouthernDerby and #picanrestaurant and #royalebourbonsociety!

Click the pic for the recipe! And enjoy your special moment.

Smooth Southern Derby, inspired by John Little, Master Distiller, Smooth Ambler Spirits

Smooth Southern Derby, inspired by John Little, Master Distiller, Smooth Ambler Spirits