The Clermont Cocktail

Photos and Recipe by Knob Creek

Knob Creek’s Clermont is named for the city of Clermont, Kentucky, where the Jim Beam American Stillhouse has made its home. The Knob Creek Rye, bitters, and simple syrup may make this seem like a straightforward cocktail, but the addition of absinthe gives it a unique twist.


2 PARTS Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
1/2 PART simple syrup
1/2 TEASPOON absinthe
2-3 DASHES Peychaud’s Bitters
Lemon twist


1. Fill a rocks glass with ice and let it sit to chill.
2. In a separate mixing glass, combine the simple syrup and bitters.
3. Add the rye whiskey and ice to the bitters mixture and stir.
4. Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid.
5. Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the old fashioned glass.
6. Squeeze lemon twist and drop in.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.