Bourbon is a no-brainer for any cocktail with “Kentucky” in its name, but this cocktail ups the whiskey ante with the addition of Scotch. Inspired by the blue moon (in part, the second full moon in a calendar month), the Blue Moon of Kentucky features two whiskeys in its recipe. The drink is soft and light from the frothy egg white (which you can skip, if it makes you squeamish), and the lavender brings out both whiskeys’ floral qualities. What’s more, the frothy egg white serves as a canvas for a little bitters “art” — perfect for wowing guests.
1 oz bourbon
1 oz blended Scotch
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz lavender simple syrup
Angostura bitters for garnish
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp food-grade lavender flowers
Heat water with lavender in a saucepan. Once the water reaches a near-boil, strain out lavender and add sugar. Stir the mixture until sugar is dissolved, and refrigerate. Add ingredients (except bitters) to shaker without ice. Shake vigorously for three seconds to emulsify egg white. Add ice and shake until cold, then strain into coupe glass. Garnish with bitters.