Classic Cocktails

“Neil’s Favorite”

  1. Twelve Bar Reserve
  2. Pour, sip, enjoy.

Classic Old Fashioned

  1. 2 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. 1 sugar cube
  3. 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  4. 2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters

Add ingredients into the mixing glass. Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass. Stir ingredients for 30-40 secs. Strain into serving glass. Garnish with a lightly expressed orange peel and apply around rim of glass, then into cocktail.

Perfect Manhattan Classic

  1. 2 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. ½ oz. dry vermouth
  3. ½ oz. sweet vermouth
  4. Dash of Angostura bitters

Please stir this drink gently, strain over ice in a rocks glass, garnish with lemon twist

Bourbon Mule

  1. 1 part Three Chord Bourbon
  2. 1 squeeze of lime juice
  3. 3 parts Ginger Beer
  4. Garnish with Lime wheel

In a copper mug, add the Three Chord Bourbon, squeeze of lime juice, Ginger Beer and stir.  Add crushed ice and stir. Garnish with lime wheel. Enjoy.

Whiskey Sour

  1. 2 ½ oz. of Three Chord Bourbon
  2. Lemon juice
  3. Simple syrup
  4. ½ egg white

Shake vigorously with ice, strain into glass. Top the froth with 2 dashes of bitters

Three Chord Bourbon’s “Motown Mule”

Presented at the Detroit Music Awards Ceremony

  1. 1 Part Three Chord Bourbon
  2. 3 Parts Ginger Beer
  3. 3 Michigan Tart Cherries

In a copper mug, muddle 2 of the cherries with mint sprig, then add the Three Chord Bourbon, Ginger Beer and stir. Add crushed ice and stir. Garnish with the remaining cherry, and a mint sprig. Enjoy.

Nutty Manhattan

  1. 2 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. 1 oz. of Hazelnut Liqueur
  3. 2 dashes of orange bitters, orange peel

Build in glass and zest with an orange peel. Garnish with an orange peel.

Three Chord Martini

  1. 3 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. 1/4 oz. sweet vermouth
  3. 1/4 oz. dry vermouth
  4. 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  5. Orange, Cherry

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a orange peel and a cherry.

Three Chord Fashion – Orange Style

  1. 3 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. Cherry
  3. 1 Sugar Cube
  4. Orange Bitters
  5. Club Soda

Muddle cherry, pure sugar cube, 2 dashes orange bitters and splash of club soda in a rocks glass. Pour Three Chord Bourbon into a shaker and roll with the rocks glass, zest the glass with an orange peel.

Summer Cocktails

Maple Old Fashioned

Venue: Maplewoods in Syracuse NY
Bartender: Frank Bell

  1. Three Chord Small Batch Blended Bourbon
  2. dash of Salmon River maple syrup
  3. dash of maple bitters
  4. Maple sugar rimmed glass
  5. Bacon garnish

Summertime Refresher

  1. 1 ½ oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. ¾ oz. Pomegranate Liqueur
  3. ¾ oz. Lemon Juice
  4. 3 oz. Iced Tea – Tropical works great
  5. ½ oz. Simple Syrup

Build in Collins glass with ice. Top with tea and garnish with a lemon slice.

Three Chord Mint Julep

  1. 2½ oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. ½ oz. Simple Syrup
  3. 5 Mint Leaves
  4. 1 Sprig of Fresh Mint for Garnish

In either a julep cup or Highball glass place mint leaves on the bottom, top with simple syrup and gently muddle. Next fill the glass with cracked ice, add Bourbon, and stir until the glass is frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Bourbon Sangria

  1. 2 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. 1½ oz. Ruby Port
  3. Club Soda
  4. Orange Peel

Build in highball glass, top with club soda and zest with an orange peel. Garnish with an orange peel and cherry.

Southern Lemonade

  1. 1½ oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. 1½ oz. of Moscato
  3. ½ oz. of Peach Schnapps
  4. Quarter of a Lemon

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Peach Lemonade Cocktail

  1. 1 ½ oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. ¾ oz. Peach Schnapps
  3. 3 oz. Lemonade 
  4. ½ oz. Agave Syrup

Build in Collins glass with ice. Top with lemonade and garnish with a cherry and lemon slice.

Miriam's Southern Lemonade

  1. 1½ oz. Three Chord Bourbon
  2. 1½ oz. of Moscato
  3. ½ oz. of Peach Schnapps
  4. Squeeze a quarter lemon
  5. ½ oz. of Raspberry Liqueur

Pour raspberry liqueur into the bottom of a chilled martini glass. Shake recipe with ice and strain into the glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Barcode Drink

Three Chord Bourbon and tropical Red Bull.
Served in a highball glass.

Liverpool Smash

Three Chord Bourbon
White Claw natural Lime
Wedge of Lemon

Earthworm Jim

1.  2 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
2.  Splash Red Wine (Float)
3.  ¼ oz. Balsamic Glaze
4.  ¼ oz. Thyme Simple Syrup
5.  3 oz. Orange Juice
6.  ¼ oz. Lemon Juice
7.  Splash of Grenadine

In a Collins glass combine the Three Chord bourbon, balsamic glaze, thyme simple syrup, lemon and orange juice. Stir vigorously. Fill with ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme, a ribbon of orange peel and a red wine float.

Pac Man

1.  2 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
2.  ½ oz. Elderflower Cordial
3.  1 Luxardo Cherry
4.  ½ Strawberry
5.  1 Slice Orange
6.  3 Basil Leaves
7.  3 Dashes Hella orange bitters

In a rocks glass gently muddle the basil, orange slice, strawberry and luxardo cherry with the elderflower cordial. Add the bitters and bourbon. Stir well. Fill with ice.

The Kentucky Bourbon Apple

1.  2 oz. Three Chord Bourbon
2.  2 oz. Sour Apple Schnapps
3.  2 oz. Cranberry Juice
4.  ¼ oz. Sweet & Sour Mix

Apple Slice Garnish.

Three Chord and Go-Bragh

1.  2oz. of Three Chord Bourbon
2.  1/2 oz. of Blue Curaçao
3.  Splash of lemonade
4.  2 dashes at Angastora bitters


Blackberry Summer Smash

1.  2 oz. Three Chord Small Batch Blended Bourbon
2.  ¼ oz. Amaro
3.  ¾ oz. Lemon Juice
4.  ¾ oz. Simple Syrup
5.  8/10 mint leaves

In a shaker, combine blackberries, leaves and simple syrup. Muddle. Add remaining ingredients, and fill with ice. Shake and pour into a wine glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a blackberry.

The Sound of Music

1.  ½ Three Chord 12 Bar Reserve
2.  ½ oz. Premium Amaro
3.  ½ oz. Pumpkin Spices
4.  ½ oz. Lemon Juice
5.  2 dashes of Premium Bitters
6.  1 Drop of Coffee

Combine ingredients. Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass. Add ice gently and mix.

Three Chord Amplify Rye

1.  2 oz. Three Chord Amplify Rye
2.  ¾ oz. Premium Vermouth
3.  ¼ Premium Amaro
4.  ¼ oz. Maraschino

Combine ingredients in shaker, mix and strain into an iced serving glass. Sit back and enjoy your drink!

The Classic NY

1.  10ml Premium Dry Vermouth
2.  10ml Maraschino Liqueur
3.  2 oz. Three Chord Amplify Rye
4.  15ml Premium Amaro

Put a martini glass into a freezer to cool for 15 minutes. In a shaker full of ice, combine Three Chord Amplify Rye, dry vermouth, Amaro, and maraschino liqueur. Shake and pout into the martini glass. Garnish with a touch of lemon.

The 12 Bar Cobbler

1.  1 ½ oz. Three Chord 12 Bar Reserve
2.  1 ½ oz. Orange juice
3.  4 oz. Ginger Beer

Line an empty collins glass with orange peel. Fill with ice, add everything and stir. Garnish with an orange.


New York Sour

1.  1 ½ oz. Three Chord Amplify Rye
2.  ¾ oz. lemon juice
3.  ½ oz. simple syrup
4.  ½ egg white
5.  ½ oz. Red Bordeaux (or blend)

Shake and strain everything except the wine over ice into an old fashion glass. Float wine on top.
Garnish: Orange slice & Marasca Cherry.

My Old Buddy

1.  1 oz. Three Chord 12 Bar Reserve
2.  1 oz. Campari
3.  1 oz. Premium Dry Vermouth
4.  1 Dash Orange Bitters

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with an orange peel

The Three Chord Classic American

1.  1 ½ oz. Three Chord 12 Bar Reserve
2.  ½ Dubonnetrouge
3.  ¼ oz. premium Cream De Cocao
4.  ½ lime juice

Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish: lime peel.

Cocktail Al La Hollywood

1.   1 ½ oz. Three Chord Amplify Rye
2. 1 oz. premium Rouge Vermouth
3. ¾ oz. benedictine
4. 1 Barspoon Absinthe Verde
5. 3 Dashes Bitters

Stir And Strain Into A Chilled Cocktail Glass.

Garnish: Lemon Peel


House Whiskey Cocktail

1.  1 oz. Three Chord Blended Bourbon,
2.  1 oz. Sweet Vermouth,
3.  ½ oz. Maraschino Liqueur,
4.  5 Dashes Aromatic Liqueur,
5.  2 Dashes Orange Bitters,
6.  1 Large Sugar Cube.

Stir And Strain Into An Old Fashion Glass Over Ice And Garnish With Orange Peel.

Horse’s Neck

1.  2 oz. Three Chord Blended Bourbon
2.  3 oz. Ginger Ale
3.  2 Dashes Of Aromatic Bitters

Line An Empty Collins Glass With A Lemon And Fill With Ice. Combine All Ingredients.  Garnish With Lemon.

The Man’s Martini

1.  2 oz. Three Chord 12 Bar Reserve
2.  1 oz. Premium Vermouth
3.  2 Dashes Cherry Vanilla Bitters
4.  1 Dash Orange Bitters

Stir And Strain Into A Chilled Cocktail Glass.

Garnish: Premium Cherry.

Flo Ballard

1.  1 oz. Three Chord Small Batch Bourbon
2.  1/2 oz. off fresh squeezed lemon juice
3.  2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
4.  Top with prosecco.

Serve in a flute glass with a lemon zest.

Jingle Bells Blackberry Bourbon Sour

1.  2 oz. Three Chords bourbon Recommend 90 – 100 proof
1 oz. simple syrup
3.  1 oz. fresh-squeezed sour mix 2:1 lemon to lime juice
4.  6 blackberries

Shake all ingredients over hard ice. Double-strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with sparkling water, garnish with a blackberry and lemon slice flag, insert a straw and serve.

Three Chord Meets Cab

1.  1.5 oz. of Three Chord Bourbon,
2.  1 egg white,
3.  1 oz. of fresh Lemon Juice and a bar spoon of simple syrup.

Shake 30 seconds and add ice, shake for 20 seconds.

Strain over ice in a rocks glass.
Cabernet Sauvignon float and garnish a cinnamon sprinkle and a lemon twist.

Three Chord Green Tea

Our new martini or shot,

1.  2 oz. Three Chord bourbon

2.  1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
3.  1 1/2 oz. of Sour Mix

Shake and strain into a martini glass.

Top with a splash of 7 up.
It can also be served as a shot special.

Bourbon Bourdon Forte

Three Chord Blended Bourbon, Strawberry, Coconut Cream, Cinnamon, Lime.
Inspiration for cocktail name:
I studied the organ we used to place the drink on for the photo and one of the knobs to
the organ was a “Bourdon Forte.” The Bourdon normally denotes a “stopped flute” type
of flue pipe in the organ characterized by a dark tone, strong in fundamental, with a
quint transient but relatively little overtone development. The name is derived from the
French word for “bumblebee or buzz”. I chose a stemless flute for the glass because of
the “Stopped flute” pipe. A buzz flower would be an ideal garnish.

  • 1.5 OZ Blended Bourbon
  • 0.25 OZ Coco Cream
  • 0.75 OZ Strawberry Syrup
  • 0.75 OZ Fresh Lime

Stemless Flute or Collins/Shake/Ice

Garnish: Buzz Flower, Cinnamon stick, fresh Strawberry &light Sprinkle of Cinnamon on top
Add All ingredients into mixing tin with ice, shake well, garnish with cinnamon sprinkle & Fine strain into glass over fresh ice.

Georgia on My Mind

Three Chord Blended Bourbon, Peach Liqueur, Cinnamon & Peach Syrup, Egg White, Angostura Bitters, Lemon.
Inspiration for cocktail name:
Peaches naturally transport me to Georgia with Ray Charles singing “Georgia on my Mind”.
Artist: Ray Charles (Willie Nelson sings a beautiful cover of this as well!)

  • 2 OZ Blended Bourbon
  • 0.5 OZ Peach Liquer 
  • 0.5 OZ Cinnamon Peach Syrup
  • 0.5 OZ Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White 
  • 3 Dash of Angostura (Finish)

Coupe /Dry Shake/Ice Shake/Double Strain top off with AngoGarnish: None (Ango Finish)
Add all ingredients into shaker with no ice & Shake really well, then add ice to shake once again after the dry shake, double strain into chilled coupe glass and then add 3 dashes of Angostura on top.

Black Creek

Three Chord Blended Bourbon, Cynar, Sweet Vermouth, Fennel Bitters, Orange Peel.
Inspiration for cocktail name:
This drink was dark in color, with ruby red hues, what I would imagine a black creek to
look like. Cocktails have a way of taking you to a memory, a place and sometimes a space to wash your sins away.
Artist: Brent Cobb – Song: “Black Creek”

  • 1 OZ Blended Bourbon
  • 0.75 OZ Cynar
  • 0.75 OZ Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes of Fennel Bitters
  • 1 Orange Peel

Rocks/Stir/Large Cube
Garnish: Orange Peel & Bourbon Cherry
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass including the orange peel, add ice and stir well with a cocktail spoon, strain over a large ice cube into a rocks glass & garnish with a bourbon cherry and fresh orange peel.

Highway 49

Three Chord Bourbon Cream Liqueur, Coffee Liqueur, Chilled Turkish Cardamon, Coffee, honey.
Inspiration for cocktail name:
When I was listening to Howlin’ Wolf this song came on and I imagined him getting up in
the morning to find his baby. Nothing adds diesel to your engine in the morning like a
good ol’ cup of Turkish Coffee with cardamon spice. It’s strong, fragrant, and delicious.

  • 1 OZ Bourbon Cream
  • 1 OZ Coffee Liqueur
  • 2 OZ Chilled Turkish Cardamon Coffee/ or espressco brewed with cardamon spice
  • 0.75 OZ Honey Syrup

Coupe/Shake/Double Strain
Garnish: 3 whole coffee beans
Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice & shake, double strain over a chilled coupe glass & garnish with 3 whole coffee beans.

5 Best Foods To Pair With Bourbon

There is nothing quite like the taste of bourbon – deep, complex, and sweet with hints of vanilla, spice, caramel, oak, and fruit. It is also considered a strong drink, that’s why it’s often associated with men and it is consumed in small amounts. Sure, you can take a few sips while smoking a cigar but it’s better if you have something to fill your stomach. So, here are 5 best foods to eat alongside your Three Chord Bourbon (neat or on the rocks) and bourbon cocktails.

Grilled Steak

This is a bit predictable, but that’s because it is such a classic pairing with bourbon. For a nice dinner, grilled steak never fails to impress. The deep and smoky flavor of the beef goes well with the similar flavor profile of the drink. If you would grill lean meat, be sure to pair it with a medium-bodied bourbon. In contrast, if you would serve meat with high-fat content, go for bourbon with higher ABV because it helps cut the fattiness and at the same time, lets you savor all the flavor. If you’re planning for a cocktail, this dish would go well with a classic Old Fashioned.

Cheese Board

Cheese is naturally good at contrasting bourbon’s flavor but what type of cheese are we talking about here? Well, the point of cheese boards is that you get to serve how many types you want. Typically, aged cheese such as Gruyere, Gouda, and Camembert have intense and sharp flavors that would work well with lower proof bourbon or those that have sweeter notes. Brie, Cheddar, and Parmesan-Reggiano are also great choices. Throw in some crackers, jam, nuts, and cured meat to your board, then you got yourself a feast. And you certainly don’t want to get your guests thirsty so how about serving Mint Juleps made with Three Chord Bourbon to keep them refreshed?

Nashville-Style Fried Chicken

Setting the formality aside, you have to get or make yourself a Nashville-style fried chicken. What sets this chicken apart is its crisp exterior, a slather of spicy sauce, pickles on top, and bread on the bottom, giving it tons of flavor. To make this work with bourbon, choose those that have sweet notes to contrast the spiciness of the chicken. If you want to take a challenge, you can also pair this with a higher proof bourbon, because, why not? For a specific drink, try the Bourbon Mule, a Southern drink for a Southern dish.

Smoked Salmon

Salmon may be a lighter protein compared to beef but the way it’s prepared can alter this characteristic. There are many ways to prepare said fish but if it’s going to be paired with bourbon, smoking is the way to go. Smoked salmon has a strong, salty taste and to pair this with a mild bourbon or those with high rye content helps release its sweet and fruity notes. To elevate the fish, you can make a great dish out of it like spreading cream cheese on bread and topping the salmon or making this delicious smoked salmon roulade, to have with an equally delicious drink, the Manhattan, to round out the meal.


Bourbon is a great partner with almost any kind of chocolate. Though, most would say that when having difficulty choosing which one, go with dark chocolate, and pair this with strong or sweet bourbon, either way, it will help bring out the sweet and fruity aspects of the drink. To make it more similar to the bourbon’s flavor profile, try those chocolates with fruit, nuts, or spice. If you want to take things up a notch, you can make a dark chocolate mousse to indulge in, as well as a nice Peach Whiskey Sour cocktail to impress your guests.

Next time you plan on imbibing bourbon, have some of the foods above to munch on to make the experience more whole. And, don’t be afraid to experiment with other foods as well. While you’re at it, check out this awesome collection of bourbon glasses you might be interested in.


Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie


  • 6 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup real maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Three Chord Blended Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 11/2 cups pecans
  • 1 9 inch prepared pie crust


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 3-4 minutes until brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add brown sugar and maple syrup and stir until smooth. Bring the mixture up to a simmer then remove from heat. Place in a bowl to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk eggs and add to the butter-sugar mixture. Add in Three Chord Blended Bourbon Whiskey, vanilla, and salt whisking together until well blended. Pour mixture into uncooked pie shell. Place toasted pecans on top of the sugar fulling. Place pie on a baking sheet. Lightly spray a piece of foil with cooking spray and place over pie. Bake pie in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until the edges of the pie are set. The center will be slightly jiggly but will set when cooled.
  4. Remove pie from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with flakey sea salt. Best served at room temperature.