Four Roses Southern Heat Cocktail

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All of the different expressions of Four Roses Bourbon are a favorite around the GearMoose office, from their budget-friendly yellow label to fine sipping single barrels. So when they debuted a new season of craft cocktails, we knew we had to try them all.

Each of their seven bartender-designed summer cocktails mixes sweet and heat, using ingredients like fresh berries, ginger beer, chile peppers, and mint. But our favorite of the bunch was easily the Southern Heat: A beautiful combination of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon with honey, ripe peaches, a touch of lemon juice for balance, and spicy hatch chiles. Topped with a few ounces of ginger beer, it’s equal parts enlivening and refreshing—perfect for summertime sipping.


  • 1 ½ fl. oz. Four Roses Small Batch
  • ½ fl. oz. Lemon Juice
  • 2 Slices of Peach
  • ¼ fl. oz. Honey
  • 2 – 5 Slices Red Hatch Chilies
  • 3 fl. oz. Barritt’s Ginger Beer


In a shaker, combine peach slices, honey, and 2-5 red hatch chilies (depending on spice level) muddle together. Add bourbon, lemon juice, and ice and shake briefly (about 4 seconds). Open the shaker and add 2 oz ginger beer and stir. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with 1 oz ginger beer, garnish with lemon twist, and shaved peppers.

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