Classic Cocktails For Spring

Jeptha Creed, started in 2016, is one of the new kids on the block comparatively speaking. However, they are also a textbook case of why one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

In an era where individuals are obsessed with age, whether it be the age of the whiskey or the age of the distillery, people often overlook other vital aspects that heavily contribute to the quality of said whiskey.

Little things like passion, experience, and commitment to the cause can be all the difference between something good, and something unexpectedly great.

The Nethery Family, which founded the distillery, has a deeply entrenched history with the earth from which all whiskey comes.

For five generations they tilled, planted, watered, cultivated, and harvested the grains that made their way across Kentucky to gist mills and eventually into the bottles that generations of whiskey enthusiasts have enjoyed.

That type of connection with the earth doesn’t come without a deep understanding and mutual respect.

This is the knowledge that they brought with them when carefully curating their whiskey, and its why their pours can be readily enjoyed. Each bottle is filled with the culmination of that understanding and experience.

Of course, you can enjoy their pour neat or over ice. But, with the changing of the seasons, we want to share a few cocktails you can enjoy that compliment the history and heritage the Nethery family shares with the rolling fields on which Jeptha Creed sits.

 

The Old Fashioned:

Originally a gin cocktail popular in the 1860s, the Old Fashioned became a whiskey-lover’s staple in the 1880s and the following decades. It was brought into being by James E. Pepper, a bartender at The Pendennis Club. It was officially printed in 1895, and only increased in popularity from there.

The baking spice and vanilla of Jeptha Creed Whiskey mixes nicely with a more balanced old fashioned recipe.

2oz Jeptha Creed
½oz Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Dark Cherry in Syrup
1 Orange Peel

  1. Combine simple syrup, bitters, and bourbon into a tall mixing glass and add ice
  2. Stir until well mixed (10-20 stirs)
  3. Drop a cherry coated in syrup into the glass
  4. Strain mixture into an old fashioned glass over a the cherry and large sphere or cube of ice
  5. Twist the orange peel over the glass to release oils, rub the peel along the rim, and drop it in

 

Mint Julep:

The mint julep had its origin as a medicinal tonic used to help calm upset stomachs. However, it was altered grew into a cocktail typically made at high-brow events for wealthy patrons. This was because, at the time, ice was a commodity and the iconic pewter cup wasn’t affordably obtainable.

Thanks to modern conveniences, you can sip on a luxury piece of history in the comfort of your own home.

4 leaves of mint
2 sugar cubes
2 ½oz Jeptha Creed Bourbon
Crushed Ice
One full mint sprig to garnish

  1. Combine sugar and mint in a glass with a tiny splash of bourbon
  2. Muddle to release the oils in the mint and dissolve the sugar
  3. Pour the remainder of the bourbon into the glass
  4. Fill the glass with crushed ice
  5. Garnish with the sprig of mint

 

Written by: Greg Sinadinos | www.whiskeyculture.com | @whiskey_culture

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