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Golden Hour by Basil Hayden


Are you one of those people who love Aperol Sprit? Here’s a cocktail that is a sumptuous blend of bourbon, Lillet blanc and Aperol. Discover the recipe for the Golden Hour cocktail by Basil Hayden, originally published in our Gentologie Magazine Issue 10 !

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The Basil Hayden

The Story of Basil Hayden Bourbon


Photo: Basil Hayden

Crafted in 1992 by Booker Noe as part of the Small Batch collection, Basil Hayden introduced a more subtle side of bourbon compared to its counterparts.

This style of bourbon was inspired by 1792 whiskey pioneer Meredith Basil Hayden, Sr., a rye farmer from Maryland who moved to Kentucky and began distilling. He chose to distill his bourbon with a higher percentage of rye, and Booker set out to create a similar high-rye mash bill that would offer the same refined, approachable taste profile.

Today, this bourbon stands as a tribute to Meredith Basil Hayden, Sr.’s high-rye mash bill ingenuity, as well as to Booker Noe, a true innovator who sought to welcome new drinkers into whiskey.

In the bottle of Basil Hayden Bourbon, you will find:

  • Aroma: Charred oak and sweet notes of vanilla & caramel with hints of dried frui
  • Taste: Charred oak flavour that is complemented with sweet brown sugar, a touch of black pepper, and dried fruit to round it out
  • Finish: A pleasant, lingering charred oak finish with a touch of dried fruit
  • Colour: Golden brown
  • ABV:40

Le Golden Hour par Basil Hayden


The Golden Hour cocktail
Photo: Basil Hayden

The Golden Hour is that magical time just before sunset,  with beautiful soft lighting that presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on the day. This simple, three-ingredient cocktail represents the balance, elegance, and quiet joy that its namesake also provides.

Ingredients for the Golden Hour Cocktail

  • 1 oz Basil Hayden® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Lillet® Blanc
  • 3/4 oz Aperol® Aperitif
  • + Grapefruit peel

Method to master the Golden Hour Cocktail

  1. Combine ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. 
  2. Stir thoroughly. 
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass over a large ice cube. 
  4. Garnish with a grapefruit peel. 

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