Signature
Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Whiskey • Sweet
Hearthside Butter & Bourbon

While fat washing bourbon gives it a savory, buttery depth, adding vanilla beans further intensifies the spirit’s rich, sweet flavors. “When you infuse the bourbon with butter and vanilla beans overnight, it adds a uniquely savory component to this cocktail,” says Caitlin Hula, beverage manager of Cliff House Maine. “Instead of just having the burn of a typical bourbon, you now have a rounder mouthfeel and sweet undertones of the vanilla coming through.” Tropical ingredients don’t immediately come to mind when mixing cool weather cocktails, but Caribbean-spiced falernum brings balance to this recipe, while apple cider adds an essential tartness. As the name suggests, this satisfying libation is best sipped in front of a warm, crackling fire.

The Essentials

butter washed vanilla bourbon
mead
falernum
Shaker
Strainer
The Details
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Ingredients

2 oz butter washed vanilla bourbon
1 oz mead
.5 oz apple cider
Cinnamon stick and orange peel

Method

  • Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a snifter glass.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick wrapped in an orange peel.
intermediate

Ingredients

1 Cup Butter
2 vanilla beans
bourbon

Method

  • Heat the butter and vanilla beans on the stove until the butter starts to bubble and foam.
  • Remove from heat and add the mixture to a 32-oz Mason jar. Top with whiskey.
  • Let cool, seal and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • Strain infused bourbon through a coffee filter into a bottle. Store in refrigerator when not in use.