T. Cole Newton & His Signature: The Baudin - New Orleans, LA
T. Cole Newton found himself in New Orleans as part of the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina, and he liked the city so much, he stayed. Now, he owns a dive bar in the neighborhood known simple as, “Mid City” where he serves barbecue, brunch, and delicious cocktails. When I met with him, we tried some Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, and he said, “I’m going to make you my signature, ‘The Baudin.’” Named after one of his bar’s cross-streets, Cole’s Baudin is made with bourbon, honey, lemon, and Louisiana hot sauce.
Skeptical at first, the combination of lemon, honey, and hot sauce was a slam dunk — the quintessential balancing act perfected by the best of the best cocktails both new and old. That hot sauce — served in a town that loves its hot sauce — was an especially welcome kick at the end of an otherwise sweet and tart sip.
The Signature Baudin
- 1 ½ part Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
- ¾ part honey syrup*
- ½ part lemon juice
- Dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce
Pour ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice. Shake. Strain into a rocks glass. Fill with fresh ice. Finish with a lemon peel.
* The honey syrup is 2 parts honey to 1 part warm water. Diluted just enough to make the consistency runny, not thick, and not too watery.
Enriched by a hint of peppermint, it impresses with notes of pepper balanced by slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.
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