Published on June 18th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


4 Russell’s Reserve-Approved, Bartender-Helmed Cocktails In Time For 2019’s Fourth Of July

During the weekend of July 4th, tens of — perhaps even hundreds of — millions of people will be celebrating the birth of the United States Of America. In the spirit of this joyful, celebratory and gathering-friendly holiday, on behalf of The Hype Magazine, I compiled 4 summer-friendly recipes including acclaimed bourbon-maker Russell’s Reserve from popular and skilled mixologists.

#1: Good News, Everyone
Created by Matt Gumm (The Waiting Room, Portland), inspired by his best friend Ben

– 1.5 oz. Duck fat washed Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old
– 0.75 oz. Campari
– 0.5 oz. Cynar
– 0.5 oz. Cinzano Vermouth
– 1 dash orange bitters
– 3 drops dark chocolate bitters

– Add ingredients into mixing glass with ice.
– Stir for approximately 12 seconds.
– Strain into smoked double rocks glass over 1 large cube.
– With expressed orange peel for garnish.
– To smoke glass: Add a pinch of Virginia #1 pipe tobacco to a place light with torch until smoldering and cover with double rocks glass. Allow glass to fill with smoke as you are building cocktail. Discard after cocktail is made.

#2: Old Al Halley
Created by Josh Cameron (Boulton & Watt, NYC), inspired by his grandfather

– 1.5 oz. Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old
– 0.75 oz. Cinzano 1757 Vermouth
– 0.75 oz. Campari
– 3 dashes Old Fashioned Bitters

– Combine all ingredients and store in an oak barrel for two weeks.
– Once ready to serve, stir with ice, pour over big rock, and garnish with an expressed orange peel.

#3: El Boulevardiero
Created by Manny Nieves (Seven Grand, LA), inspired by his boss and mentor

– 1.75 oz. Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old
– 0.5 oz. Mango-infused Campari
– 0.5 oz. Aperol
– 0.75 oz. Cinzano Vermouth Bianco
– 4 dashes passion fruit bitters
– Tajin half rim
– Lime twist

– Add ingredients into mixing glass with ice.
– Stir for approximately 12 seconds.
– Strain into double rocks glass over 1 large cube.
– Add tajin rim and lime twist.

#4: Boulevardier on Saturn
Created by Kelsey Hoffman (Rye Bar, Louisville), inspired by her friend Carolyn

– 1.5 oz. Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye
– 0.5 oz. Campari
– 0.5 oz. Sweet vermouth
– 0.75 oz. Lemon Juice
– 0.5 oz. Passionfruit Juice
– 0.25 oz. Orgeat Syrup
– 0.25 oz. Falernum
– Pinch of salt

– Flash blend all ingredients with pebble ice.
– Garnish with a lemon twist around a cherry.

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We’re celebrating all father figures for #FathersDay. Josh Cameron, bartender in NYC, created the Old Al Halley cocktail to honor his father figure. Read his story below and swipe to learn how to make the drink. __ “This cocktail is for my grandfather, and the stories he tells again, and again, and again. He is hardworking, part farmer, part carpenter, part painter, opinionated, and stubborn as all hell. He taught me about work and respect as a kid (he had to work on the respect part double duty). He taught me which fertilizer to use for which crops kind of thing. One story he always told, and even told again this past weekend, was about a guy he looked up to named Al Halley, who somewhere along the line, if not always, became known as Ol’ Al Halley. Al Halley was a musket-using-hunter, a knife maker, a friend of the family, and most importantly, he was an honorable man. This cocktail is for him and my grandfather equally. Cheers. Fix what’s broken.”

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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