Looking for a Great Bourbon Brand to Try Out? Check out Duke Spirits Kentucky Straight Bourbon!

I missed one of the most important cocktail holidays:  (June 14) which  was   National Bourbon Day!  While I missed that one day, we can celebrate National Bourbon Day today, tomorrow or whenever you choose.  I  have the pleasure of sharing 3 cocktail recipes featuring Duke Spirits Kentucky Straight Bourbon.   Whenever you have grab a bottle of Duke Spirits’ Kentucky Straight Bourbon,  you can mix up one of the three cocktails I have featured below — or others when you visit  Duke Spirits website.


Cheers to one of the nation’s most popular spirits! Duke’s Bourbon was created as an ode to John Wayne and was specially crafted from his handwritten notes.

The bold bourbon opens with subtle charred oak, roasted nuts, and hints of vanilla, caramel, and nutmeg. Mid-palate provides warm pepper spice and toasted nuts, finishing with a robust sweetness. These tasting notes pair perfectly in their JW Old Fashioned and is the best way to celebrate one of America’s favorite cocktails: the JW Old Fashioned.

JW Old Fashioned


2 oz of Duke Spirits Kentucky Straight Bourbon
1 Demerara sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters
1/4 oz club soda
Garnish with an orange twist.

Muddle the sugar cube with club soda and bitters,
Add Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon and stir with ice.
Strain into a rock glass with one large ice cube.


Duke Bourbon
¾ oz Fresh Bayleaf Syrup
¾ oz Yuzu Lemon Blend
¾ oz Aquafaba
2 Dashes Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Dry shake all ingredients then add ice and shake vigorously then strain into a small coupe.
Place the cocktail under a glass cloche and fill the cloche with cherrywood smoke from a smoking gun.
Let sit for 30 seconds, then enjoy.



Roughneck Colada:




1 oz Duke Bourbon
2. ½ oz Atlantico Reserva
3. ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
4. ½ oz Coconut Cream
5. ½ oz Orange Juice
6. 1 oz Pineapple Juice
7. 8-10 Leaves of Fresh Mint
8. ½ oz Float of Fernet Branca
9. Garnish: Fresh Pineapple, Amarena Cherry, Mint Sprig

Roll mint and drop into an empty Collins glass,
Top with crushed ice, shake 1-6 with ice<
Strain over the crushed ice, then top with Fernet Branca.

About DUKE Spirits:
This is a legacy brand started originally by John Wayne when he was alive. He wanted to create a brand of his own with bourbon, tequila and scotch. He started the process, but after he died, it was a dormant project waiting to be rediscovered. His son Ethan took the helm of helping to activate this project. You can find the entire story here: http://www.dukespirits.com/his-story-2/.

Want to learn more about how the brand was built?
Here’s an excerpt of the story told on this page: http://www.dukespirits.com/behind-the-barrel/

John Wayne’s bourbon and tequila passion can be traced back to the 1940’s and upon the discovery of the Duke’s lost memoirs, liquor collection and special blends, sealed since 1979, by his Son Ethan, his project was reborn. Here another meticulous journey began, to recreate the magic that was started by the Duke. Led by World class vintners, master distillers, years of research, seeking out the finest aged Kentucky bourbon to match the original flavor profile, strength and balance, Duke Spirits came to life.

Bringing back the distinguished recipe and blend, it was only fitting to seek out a special historic location worthy of the Duke’s legacy. Going again back in time to pre-prohibition times in America when the craft was exacting and pure, we craft Duke bourbon and have created the ultimate in expression and flavor with the Duke Grand Gru Bourbon and Rye Reserves, at O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, KY.

Website: http://www.dukespirits.com/

Follow Duke Spirits on these social channels:

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/dukespirits
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DukeSpirits/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/dukespirits/

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