Despite years of drinking experience, I’ve had little experience with bourbon and bourbon cocktails. As a Texan, I have always gravitated to tequila and a never-ending search for the world’s greatest margarita.
Ashley and I recently went to Kentucky and we consumed more bourbon in ten days than we had in our entire lives combined before that trip.
We toured large bourbon distilleries (Buffalo Trace was our favorite), sipped on small batch bourbons from distilleries you’ve never heard of, and were blown away by the creativity in the cocktails. There’s so much more to bourbon than an Old Fashioned.
There was one bar and one cocktail that stood head and shoulders above the rest. It was potent and strong, yet smooth and delicious. The cocktail is “Ali’s Smash” and it is a beautiful combination of Knob Creek Bourbon, muddled mint, lemon, and Pama Liquor. You may think the flavors won’t jive (lemon and mint?), but that would be a huge mistake. I don’t even know what Pama Liquor is, but I promise you I will give it to my children in their school lunches.
The beverage’s presentation was like a mojito had children with somebody far cooler and tougher. The muddled mint was the only physical trait left over when the two parents created an offspring far superior than either one could have hoped to be by itself.
My wife, Ashley, liked it so much that she got one for herself. And then we both had another…and another…and another.
Hands down, the “Ali’s Smash” is the best bourbon cocktail I’ve had in my entire life. Heck, it’s the best cocktail of any kind I’ve ever had. Period.
The only place you can get an Ali’s Smash is the historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The Brown Hotel is old-fashioned Southern elegance complete with live entertainment.
The only negative about this drink is you can only have 2-3 before you’re pronounced dead of ecstasy, or alcohol poisoning.