Cinco de Mayo and summer cocktails worth a try

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. It’s also a day many celebrate with drink. To help you find that perfect drink, we’ve got several cocktails that’ll hit the spot.

Watermelon Inferno. Photo courtesy of Lobos 1707 Tequila and Mezcal

Watermelon Inferno
Small plate of lime juice
Small plate of lime salt, mild chili powder, and sea salt seasoning
1.5 oz Lobos 1707 Mezcal
.75 oz orange-flavored aperitif
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz lime juice
Splash of club soda
4 cubes of watermelon (2” x 1”)
Directions: Salt rim of highball glass and fill with ice. Combine all ingredients except one watermelon cube into a shaker with ice. Shake together until well chilled and then pour over ice into the highball glass. Top with club soda. Add a watermelon cube to garnish.

Lobos 1707 Coa’s Edge
1.5 oz Lobos 1707 Joven Tequila
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
3 slices jalapeño
Directions: Add all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a jalapeño slice.

Mezcal Mule
2 oz Mezcal Campante
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz fresh ginger juice
1 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz sparkling water
For garnish: 1 sprig of mint and a slice of lime
Directions: Add the Mezcal Campante, lime juice, ginger juice and simple syrup into a shaker, and shake. Strain into a glass with ice, and top up with sparkling water. Add 1 sprig of mint and a slice of lime to garnish!

Simple Margarita
1.5 oz blanco/silver tequila
1 oz triple sec
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz simple syrup.
Directions: Add all into a shaker with ice, shake until cold then strain into a rocks glass with ice.

Check out our Cocktail:30 video on the Simple Margarita.

Hudson Valley on new music, having fun and coming together as a band

Country rockers Hudson Valley join us to talk about their new single, having fun together, how they become this band, moving to Nashville, playing at Ole Red and more. Plus, Chad Watson joins us for Tasting Notes to talk about bourbon prices, what folks can expect to pay and if we’re approaching Scotch territory.


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Q&A with Thomas Woodworking

Our latest Q&A is with Tara Jo and Josh from Thomas Woodworking. They talk about how they create unique jewelry and custom items from bourbon barrels. We also chat about how they got started in woodworking, coming up with their designs, sourcing barrels, what it’s like using barrels, their favorite drinks and more.


Lane Smith on life as a bullfighter, getting into music and his latest single

Country musician Lane Smith joins us to talk about his life as a bullfighter, how one gets into that career, switching to music, growing up in South Texas, getting married, his debut EP, latest single Ain’t It Crazy and more. Plus, Jake Sulek joins us for Tasting Notes to talk about the Mint Julep, tips on making a proper julep, how to put your spin on it and the history of the drink.


Q&A with MadTree Brewing

Our latest Q&A is with MadTree Brewing in Cincinnati as we go slightly Beyond Kentucky. We’re joined by MadTree’s Rhiannon Hoeweler and Trevor Self for an Earth Day special. They talk about how MadTree gives back to the community, their commitment to deliver $5 million of impact, their sustainability efforts, their new Alcove location, Sway by MadTree canned cocktails and more.

Nate Bergman on going solo, working with legends and his debut album

D.C.-based singer-songwriter Nate Bergman joins us to talk about going solo, being part of Lionize, working with Lee “Scratch Perry”, working on his debut album Metaphysical Change, working with some amazing collaborators, how DC impacted his love of music, going on tour and more. Plus, Mikey, aka 911Bourbon, joins us for Tasting Notes to talk about how he got into whiskey and how his social media page started.


  • Introduction to show 
  • On this week’s “Tasting Notes”, Mikey, aka 911Bourbon on Instagram, talks about how we got into whiskey and how his page got its start (starts around the 1-minute mark)

Nate Bergman, who debut solo album Metaphysical Change comes out May 20, joins us around the 7-minute mark.

  • What are you drinking?
  • How are you able to pull off the mustache?  
  • What got you into music? 
  • You were part of Lionize for a long time, why go the solo right now? 
  • How does your solo music differ from Lionize? 
  • Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you? 
  • You’ve been in the music industry a while, what’s your journey been like? 
  • What’s it been like working with legends in the game like the late Lee “Scratch Perry” and others 
  • As you write new material, are you pulling from experiences, have ideas? How does the writing process for you go? 
  • Working on your debut solo album, what was that like? 
  • You’ve got an amazing group of collaborators on this album, how were you able to pull that off? 
  • I feel like your mantra is “It’s never gonna work” but it works, how is that? 
  • What can folks expect on your debut album Metaphysical Change? The three singles bring such a different vibe. 
  • Why name the album that? 
  • On tour right now, what’s that been like? I heard you even had to fill in at times? 
  • Besides the album and tour, what are you hoping for in 2022? What can fans expect?

For more on Nate, check out or find him on social media.

What’s Pouring: Dragon’s Milk Original Small Batch to debut plus Rossville Union 2022 Barrel Proof heads to shelves and a Long John Silver’s beer

New Holland Spirits Releases
Dragon’s Milk Origin Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

Photo courtesy of New Holland Spirits

On Saturday, April 16, New Holland Spirits of Holland, MI will officially release Origin Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey ($44.99 MSRP) as a new year-round addition to their Dragon’s Milk brand portfolio. Origin is a straight bourbon whiskey, distilled in small batches and bottled at 95 proof. This release is the first year-round bourbon with an age statement of 5 years or more for the craft distiller.

“Origin is one of the most exciting projects we’ve taken on at New Holland,” said Adam Dickerson, Brand Manager at New Holland. “We’ve been sampling this product patiently for five long years and are continually impressed by its complexity of flavor, and delicate finish. As Michigan’s oldest whiskey distiller, we are immensely proud to be able to offer this bourbon to our customers. We feel that it is a landmark moment for us as a distillery.”

The name Origin derives from the origin story of Dragon’s Milk (the parent brand for the bourbon). The original Dragon’s Milk Stout (#1 Stout by volume brewed in the U.S.A) was born from bourbon barrels and those barrels have become an integral part of the evolution of New Holland’s Brewery and Distillery. The Dragon’s Milk name has evolved from the original stout to become the parent brand to an entire portfolio of beer, bourbon and other barrel-aged endeavors.

“Every legend has an origin,” Dickerson said. “This is ours.”

Origin will be released on April 16 at New Holland’s own retail locations and will begin distribution to Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas, and California on Monday, April 18.

Ross & Squibb Distillery releases Rossville Union 2022 Barrel Proof

Lawrenceburg, Indiana-based Ross & Squibb Distillery announced the launch of Rossville Union 2022 Barrel Proof, its annual, limited-release straight-rye whiskey. Set to reach retail shelves across the country starting this month, this limited allocation of 3,000 six-pack cases was bottled at 117.2 proof (58.6% ABV) and has a suggested retail price of $69.99.

Rossville Union 2022 Barrel Proof features a medley of straight-rye mash bills, distilled by one of the largest producers of rye whiskey in America – Ross & Squibb Distillery. The flavor profile includes an aroma of rye spice, vanilla, caramel, oak, and slight chocolate; forward flavors of sweet caramel and vanilla, moving to baking spices and chocolate; and a lingering finish of rye and a hint of sweet mint.

There were 82 barrels selected for this year’s release, which is displayed on each bottle of Rossville Union Barrel Proof. And for the first time, every bottle prominently features a 7-year age statement.

“Rossville Union 2022 Barrel Proof is another example of the great rye-whiskey tradition we’ve carried on at Ross & Squibb Distillery and yet another reason Indiana is the rye capital of the world,” said Ian Stirsman, master distiller at Ross & Squibb distillery. “As the popularity of rye whiskey continues to grow, we’ve selected another exceptional medley of rye mash bills to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes among the ever-growing numbers of rye-whiskey drinkers.”

Swashbockler Sets Sail at Shippingport Brewing Company

Swashbockler, the first beer brewed to pair perfectly with Long John Silver’s seafood, took its maiden voyage on April 4, 2022 at Shippingport Brewing Company just ahead of National Beer Day. Starting today, Long John Silver’s fans in Louisville, KY can get a pint of the beer to commemorate the Lenten season.

Filled with notes of fresh bread, mild honey, and a hint of lemon, rounded out with the light, malted sweetness of Long John Silver’s malt vinegar, the German-style Helles Bock beer serves as the perfect companion to wash down your crispy, crunchy, and fresh seafood dish.

“For over 50 years, Long John Silver’s has provided fries, hushpuppies, and coleslaw that pairs perfectly with our hand battered Alaskan pollock. We’re happy to add beer to that list as well,” said Bentley McBentleson, Director of Marketing at Long John Silver’s. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with a local brewery to create the Swashbockler beer for Long John Silver’s fans and we hope this is just the start of several sea-themed beverages.” 

Swashbockler is available now on draft at Shippingport Brewing Company and Sallyforth Taproom in Louisville and can be found in select bars throughout Kentucky. Swashbockler is only available for a limited time.