Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thinking of Drinking: Swing Vote

Using the classic Brown Derby - a true American cocktail - as his inspiration, Adam Bernbach created Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote, a refreshing and contemporary drink that features sweet honey and dry grapefruit notes to highlight the trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. With the addition of Madeira, this cocktail is a one-of-a-kind addition to enjoy while watching the results roll in. In fact, Madeira was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson himself! No matter which party you vote for this November 4th, Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote makes the perfect celebratory (or consoling) cocktail.

Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote


1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

¾ parts Madeira

¾ parts Honey Syrup* 

½ part Lemon Juice

1 dash Grapefruit Bitters

Grapefruit Wheel Mint Sprig


1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.

2. Strain into a Double Old Fashioned glass with ice.

3. Garnish with a mint sprig and a grapefruit quarter wheel.

*Honey Syrup


1 cup Honey

1 cup Water


1. In a small saucepan, heat the honey and water.

2. Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate.

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