Louisville Slugger [Cocktail Recipe]

Created by Abigail Gullo at Compère Lapin in New Orleans, this apple- and smoke-forward cocktail packs a wallop. It’s designed to serve a crowd, so why not mix up a batch for your next outdoor adventure and bring it along in a Thermos?


  • 8 oz. bourbon
  • 6 oz. apple brandy
  • 4 oz. Hoodoo Chicory liqueur
  • 2 oz. smoked vanilla syrup (see below)
  • Lemon peel and maraschino cherry


Stir all ingredients over ice, strain, and add to Thermos with four or five large ice cubes. When serving, garnish each drink with a lemon peel and a maraschino cherry.

Smoked Vanilla Syrup: combine one cup water, one cup sugar, 2 oz. Ardbeg or other peated Islay scotch, and a scraped vanilla bean, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

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