Rosemary and I look forward to going to the Michter’s Distillery, The Bar at Fort Nelson Distillery every year because they have the best cocktail menu in the city of Louisville. They change it twice a year and we went there the other day to taste the spring and summer cocktails they have created for this year.

The cocktails are very good this year. We started off by having Rosemary order a “Pretty In Possible”, a cocktail made with Michter’s US 1 Rye, Campari, Orange, Lemon, Grenadine and Basil. I ordered a “Moonlight Mile”, a cocktail made with Michter’s US 1 Bourbon, Foro Amaro, Foro Rosso, Peach Brandy, and Citrus Tonic. Both were very good, but I have to say that we liked the Pretty In Possible the best. It was well balanced in sweetness and tartness that was very refreshing. My cocktail had an excellent taste but not as well balanced. It was a little more tart, which I liked, but not as well as the Pretty In Possible.

We next ordered two more cocktails. Rosemary had  the “Daydream”, a cocktail made with Michter’s US 1 Bourbon, Strawberry infused Foro Rosso syrup, Lemon and Champagne, I ordered a “Peanut Butter And Jealous”, a cocktail made with Michter’s US 1 Bourbon infused with peanut butter, Fino Sherry, Santa Marino Pinot Noir, Santa Marino Pinot Grigio, Lemon, Grape Reserve, and Whey.  Once again we liked Rosemary’s choice better. It was fruity with a nice champagne fizz that was very refreshing. My cocktail  tasted like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and was good, but it was not Bourbon forward enough for our taste. 

We ended our tasting with a La Pina Brilliante, a cocktail made with Los Siete Misterios Dobo Yej Mezcal, Pear Brandy, White Vermouth, Pineapple, and Absinthe. We both liked it, but it was too strong in the smokiness from the Mezcal for my taste. They also had on the menu a cocktail called “Dill Blossom”, made with Farmer’s Organic Vodka, Foro Dry, Apricot Brandy, Absinthe, and Dill Oil. We decided that we had had enough to drink and decided not to try the final cocktail on the spring menu. Maybe next time we visit we will try it.

All in all, we agreed that our favorite cocktail was the Pretty In Possible, followed by the Daydream and then the Moonlight Mile. All of the cocktails were well crafted and interesting flavors. We will return to the Bar at Fort Nelson soon. It is our favorite cocktail bar in Louisville.

Photos Courtesy of Rosemary Miller