OnMilwaukee.com and Maker's MarkÂ® have partnered for a special promotion all October called "Paint The Town Red." We selected 10 of Milwaukee's best mixologists, asked them to share their trademark bourbon recipes, and now, we're giving you a chance to vote for -- and win $50 from -- one of their respective bars. Our jobs during this month were fun, too: we sampled each of the cocktails and are happy to tell you all about them.
To enter to win, just click here and vote for your favorite recipe. And make sure to visit these 10 bars and try these most unique of Maker's Mark cocktails, too. You'll be glad you did!
Muddle these items and fill with ice:
2 Orange Slices
5 Mint Leaves
1/2 Measure Simple Syrup
2 parts Maker's MarkÂ® Bourbon
1/2 part CantonÂ® Ginger Liqueur
1 egg white
Shake vigorously and strain into new glass with fresh ice.Â Fill with Brut Champagne.
Maybe it's because my father is from Kentucky, or maybe itâ€™s because I have an unquenchable thirst for both ginger ale and champagne, but Joel Harrisâ€™ "Kentucky Ninja" is my favorite Makerâ€™s Mark drink in the promotion.
I could get myself in trouble with these.
Harris, who works at Whiskey Bar, 788 N. Jackson St., has a history of bartending on vacation-destination islands and wanted to bring that fun-in-the-sun flavor to his made-in-Milwaukee cocktail. It worked.
The drink is light in color and refreshing, but not too fruity. It's light but rich, thanks to egg white and the liqueur, and slightly frothy. (Too frothy is never good, but a slight froth is delicious.)
The "Kentucky Ninja" is one cocktail I could drink during any season. And at any time of day, from brunch to late night. Yeah, keep these away from me.