When asked how he is inspired to come up with new drinks, Bourbon and Branch bar manager Ian Scalzo says, "Cookbooks. I look for flavor profiles that I can accomplish with booze, and map it out from there." The drinks almost all use fresh herbs and spices, often in combinations rarely seen outside the kitchen. You'll find these cocktails have a remarkable freshness and fullness of flavor. Best of all, the newest batch of cocktails is perfect for fall, when a little nutmeg in my Porto Flip couldn't be more welcome.
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A smoky lemonade cocktail from Mitchell Lagneaux of Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco.
A classic drink made with port, brandy, and a whole egg, from Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco.
Campari, black pepper, and basil make for an herbal and earthy drink.
A refreshing, minty, whiskey based drink from Jayson Wilde of Bourbon and Branch.
Maple syrup, paprika, and sage make an unexpectedly delicious combination in this rum based cocktail by Ian Scalzo of Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco.
In my dream world, I'd have a perfectly stocked home bar with every bottle from Aperol to Zwack. And most importantly, I'd have a great selection of whiskey. But those of us with limited space and limited funds must choose wisely. What's the best bourbon to buy for drinking at home? Is there an expert-approved affordable brand? I called up a few experts to get their advice.