In celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month (September 1 — 30, 2019), Jack Rose and
Bayou Bar at the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans; and Marsh House and
L.A. Jackson at Thompson Nashville are featuring their new Private Select barrels of Maker’s Mark, created by the Pontchartrain and Thompson bar teams this summer in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, they designed specialty craft cocktails to highlight the unique flavor profile of the exclusive bourbon and will run this cocktail as a special throughout the month of September.
After bartenders from each establishment spent several days at the renowned distillery selecting 10 custom wood finishing staves to create a singular taste profile, the distillery aged the bourbon in a limestone cellar for 9 weeks. The finished products are Jack Rose Maker’s Select — a customized barrel of the signature bourbon (New Orleans); and Private Select Maker’s Mark — a customized barrel of the signature bourbon (Nashville).
According to co-owner Chef Brian Landry, “Taking our bar teams to the Maker’s Mark distillery was truly an amazing experience. The entire process was incredibly educational and allowing our teams to use wood staves to make their own signature barrels of bourbon was an absolute highlight. We’re all excited to share this bourbon with our guests.”
New Orleans Bourbon Month Specials
Available throughout the month of September at both Jack Rose and Bayou Bar, imbibers can enjoy glasses and bottles from the Private Select barrel, as well as the specialty cocktail Margie’s Mark. Named in honor of Margie Samuels, co-founder of Maker’s Mark and Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer, the drink is priced at $14 and features Jack Rose Maker’s Select, sweet vermouth, benedictine, and bitters. Jack Rose and Bayou Bar are located at the Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. Website: www.jackroserestaurant.com; www.bayoubar.com
Nashville Bourbon Month Specials
At L.A. Jackson, imbibers can enjoy pours from the bar’s Private Select barrel, as well as the specialty cocktail Overall A Good Time. Named after the day in Kentucky where the whole bar team wore overalls, the drink features Private Select Maker’s Mark, Lillet Rouge, cinnamon, pineapple liqueur and ango. The creative libation is priced at $18 and is available throughout September.
Downstairs at Marsh House — The Gulch’s go-to dining destination for elevated Southern fare and
seafood — guests can experience the Pennypacker, named after one of Kramer’s aliases in the hit TV show Seinfeld. The creative cocktail features Private Select Maker’s Mark, Campari, and Lillet Rouge infused with cacao and árbol chili, served up in a chilled coupe glass. The Pennypacker is available for $18 throughout the month of September. L.A. Jackson and Marsh House are located at Thompson Nashville, 401 11th Ave S. in The Gulch area of Nashville. Website: www.lajacksonbar.com; www.marshhouserestaurant.com