For this week’s episode on the Bit by a Fox Podcast, I got to sit down with the Master Distiller of one of the most iconic bourbon brands in the world – Four Roses Bourbon. Master Distiller, Brent Elliott and I connected while he was in Los Angeles launching the first permanent addition to the Four Roses lineup since 2006 – and what he refers to as the “Fourth Rose” – Four Roses Small Batch Select.
We got to chat about the dramatic journey that Four Roses has had since 1888, how they were one of the few distilleries in America to survive Prohibition, and how Seagrams nearly destroyed the brand in the 1950s. The Four Roses story, as well as Brent’s, is a fascinating one! I got a chance to try the Small Batch Select for the first time on-air and, spoiler alert, it’s pretty darn good!
Since Brent didn’t recommend a specific cocktail (true whiskey distiller that he is!), I chose a simple, modern classic that would let the Small Batch Select shine – The Gold Rush.
This cocktail tends to be my go-to every time I visit DTLA’s Seven Grand, where the interview took place. It was also the drink that I was sipping on throughout the interview! The Gold Rush Cocktail was created by T. J Siegal at Milk & Honey in New York City nearly 20 years ago It has since become a modern classic. This simple recipe with only 3 ingredients is essentially a whiskey sour using honey syrup in place of simple syrup.
2 oz Four Roses Small Batch Select
3/4 oz Honey Syrup*
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
Shake all ingredients over ice until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Lemon peel garnish is optional.
*Honey Syrup Recipe
Combine 1 cup water with 1 cup honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until honey is dissolved. Cool before using.
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