12 Days of Cocktails - Day 8 - The Proprietor
Here in Tennessee, the history of whiskey is forever tied with that of the peach. Before Prohibition, Jack Daniel's nephew, Lem Motlow (who would go on to inherit the distillery from his uncle and is still listed on the bottle as Proprietor) distilled his Peach and Apple Brandies on the property in Lynchburg.
Peach Brandy was a popular pre-Prohibition tipple, but Lem learned quickly that he could get much more whiskey out of a bushel of corn than a bushel of fruit, and soon he shuttered his side project to focus exclusively on Tennessee Whiskey. Though he would return to brandy after the repeal of Prohibition, brandy's momentum in the marketplace never matched that of Old No. 7, which is now the world's best-selling whiskey.
Licor 43 is a sweet vanilla, caramel, and citrus-infused liqueur that adds depth to cocktails without overpowering the base spirit. And the dash of Black Walnut Bitters brings it all together.
1.5 oz. Bourbon
.75 oz. Eli Mason Peach Simple Syrup
.5 oz. Licor 43
1 dash Black Walnut Bitters
Build in a large rocks glass over ice and stir to chill. Garnish with a slice of fresh peach.
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