I attended another special blogger event on May 13th, hosted by House Kitchen & Bar and Cooper’s Craft Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. The event organized by another fantastic group of bloggers I’m part of, The South Florida Bloggers. This group is the Miami Chapter of The Blogger Union, and they organize monthly events where we can get to know other Miami-based bloggers, share tools & knowledge and, also to introduce to us different brands.
The last event took place at a new restaurant in Coral Gables, House Kitchen & Bar, where we had the opportunity to taste Cooper’s Craft Summer Cocktails. We learned that Cooper’s Craft takes its unique flavor directly from their oak barrels, which are toasted ahead of charring, so the bourbon is finished with a unique beech and birch charcoal filtering process. Cooper’s Craft is the only distillery that currently uses this process, and that’s what makes its taste special.
On the other hand, House Kitchen & Bar offered us different bites to taste, and I can tell you they all were excellent. The pizza is the kind I like because it is thin and crispy. The Chicken wings were amazing as well as the calamari. It is a great option to go for drinks and bites, or just to eat if you’re in Coral Gables.
As per the cocktails, Cooper’s Craft offered us two to taste, and I chose the Kentucky Luxedo, made with Maraschino Liquor and Angostura Bitters. But then, we join the bartender to prepare another, one which I loved called the AFTER BARREL, made with blueberries, strawberries, peach liquor and orange bitters. I’m sharing here the recipe so you can prepare it too for your summer gatherings.
AFTER BARREL – Recipe Courtesy Henry from ABC Bartending
- 2 oz. Cooper’s Craft Bourbon
- 5 Blueberries
- 4 Sliced Strawberries
- 1/2 oz. Peach liquor
- Orange Bitters
Place blueberries and strawberries in a shaker. Pour Peach liquor over the berries. Muddle the strawberries, blueberries and peach liquor to release the juices. Add Cooper’s Craft Bourbon and orange bitters for a nice tang. Add ice cubes and shake. Pour and enjoy!
If you’re the type of hostess that likes mixology and serves cocktails on your summer gatherings, you’d love to try this one.
This post is sponsored by Cooper’s Craft Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and House Kitchen & Bar.