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The Dainty Lumberjack

A deceptively smooth cocktail with an ax to grind.

Yes, we’ve been posting a lot of cocktails lately but hey, Jake just set up a sweet-ass bar in his apartment and we’ve gotta practice. This fall-inspired potable derives its name from its ingredients and surprisingly innocuous taste. Burly bourbon gets tempered and sweetly complemented by apple cider and Aperol. Don’t be fooled by the smoothness though, too many of these will have you throwing on plaid and raring to chop down random objects.

Equipment Needed: Rocks Glass, Shot Glass, Spoon


  • 1 1/2 shots bourbon (we used Knob Creek) (about $30/750 ml)
  • 1/2 shot Aperol (you can use another aperitif like Campari if you want) (about $25/750 ml)
  • 4 oz apple cider (about $3.50/half-gallon)
  • 1 cinnamon stick ($3.59/2 oz jar)
  • Ground cinnamon ($3.59/3.5 oz jar)
  • Ice (free)
  • Whole cloves (optional) ($3.99/1 oz jar)


  • Pour the bourbon, Aperol and apple cider in your glass and stir everything together.
  • Add a couple of dashes of cinnamon. Cloves add another level of taste complexity so add a couple now if you so desire (though you should keep it at 2-3 so you don’t overpower things).
  • Pop in a couple of ice cubes and give the whole mix one last stir with a cinnamon stick, which you can either toss in the drink or use for garnish.
  • Consume daintily (pinkies out!) and contemplate clearing a forest.

Kentucky Wake Up

Like getting kicked in the face by a boozy flavor horse.

Why let the Irish have all the fun with their coffee? Last time we checked this was the good old U-S of A and we don’t let anyone outdo us, especially when it comes to combining stimulants and depressants in one convenient vessel (*ahem* Four Loko anyone?). Use bourbon and as your preferred poison then sweeten and lighten to taste.

Equipment Needed: Coffee Mug, Spoon, Jigger or Shot Glass


  • 3 ice cubes (optional)(free)
  • 12 oz brewed coffee ($5/10 oz can)
  • 2 oz bourbon (about $34.99/750 ml bottle)
  • 2 TBSP half & half ($1.99/PT)
  • 2 TSP sugar ($2.39/2 lb box)


  • Brew your coffee up. You can either mix things hot or put it in the fridge until it’s cooled if you want iced coffee.
  • If you’re going with iced, add your ice cubes. Then add the sugar and bourbon.

Steel yourself for the day/afternoon/night!

  • Add half & half if you prefer or drink it black to put some hair on your chest, wuss.

Lighten things up a bit with some half & half.