The Emperor’s Bourbony Bliss Cocktail

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The Emperor’s Bourbony Bliss is a cocktail I created for a cocktail contest sponsored by Difford’s Guide, where contestants were to come up with a cocktail that contained Mandarine Napoleon. It’s a versatile orange liqueur akin to Cointreau, with maybe a touch more herbal notes. I’ve used it in other cocktails including the Bourbon Orange Satchmo.

I wanted to create a bourbon-based cocktail that also celebrated the flavors of orange and botanicals found in Mandarine Napoleon. The cardamom bitters add a touch of exotic flavor and help balance out the sweetness of the bourbon and orange, while the lemon juice adds a touch of tartness. And the foamy head just adds a bit of fun!

As it’s late in the day on “announce the winners” day, and I haven’t gotten an email, I’m going to assume the judges chose a different cocktail. Alas! But that’s okay, because you can still enjoy the recipe I came up with by making it at home. If you do, and you like it, let me know in the comments!

Emperor’s Bourbony Bliss

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Difficulty: Moderately Easy


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  • 2 oz 2 Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

  • 1/2 oz 1/2 Ginger liqueur

  • 1/2 oz 1/2 Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur

  • 1/4 oz 1/4 Fresh lemon juice

  • 2 dashes 2 Fee Bros. Cardamom bitters

  • 4 4 dashes Fee Bros. Fee Foam

  • lemon peel garnish


  • In a shaker, add the bourbon, Mandarine Napoleon, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, bitters, and foamer
  • Add ice and shake well.
  • Strain with a mesh strainer into a well-chilled coupe glass, spray with lemon zest and garnish with a twist.
  • To Make the Ginger Liqueur
  • Add 1/4 cup freshly shaved ginger root, and 2 cups sugar to a sauce pan
  • Bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally
  • Lower to a simmer, and cook for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove from heat, let cool completely
  • Mix with 4 ounces aged white rum to make 400ml of liqueur at roughly 18% abv.



  • Prep time does not include time spent making the ginger liqueur.

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