Back in June I hosted a dinner with a group of friends to learn more about I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It was a fantastic night with good food, friends and drink so when the opportunity for an I.W. Harper mixology class came along, I jumped at the chance.


Knowing I had some good friends who share a love of whiskey, I knew I had some eager recruits to include in this new I.W. Harper experience. Whiskey has made an incredible resurgence in Washington and one of the best places to enjoy a glass is at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. Naturally it was the perfect place for a mixology lesson featuring a carefully crafted American made whiskey and have an awesome guy’s night out.

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Under the expert guidance of head bartender, Benny Hurwitz, the gang started the evening with sampling the I.W. Harper 15, an excellent sipping whiskey with notes of oak, raisin, caramel, spice, and vanilla. As excellent as the sipping was, it was a mixology class so Benny whipped up three fun and interesting cocktails each distinctive but all expertly crafted with I.W. Harper.

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Bramblin Man - I.W. Harper mixology

Bramblin’ Man

Bramblin’ Man(featured on fall menu/Creator: Andy Bixby)

1.5oz IW Harper Bourbon

0.25oz Bruto Americano

0.25oz Lemon juice

1 Dash Angostura Bitters

1 Bar Spoon Blackberry Preserves

**Build in a Rocks glass and add crushed ice and stir.

**Garnish: Blackberry


Lion's Mane

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane(Creator: Benny Hurwitz)

1.5oz IW Harper Bourbon

0.5oz Honey Syrup

0.25oz Lemon Juice

0.25oz Lime Juice

0.25oz Housemade Chai-spice Dram

**Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

**Garnish: Lime Wheel


Sage Old Fashioned

Sage Old Fashioned

Sage Old Fashioned(Creator: Benny Hurwitz)

1.5oz IW Harper Bourbon

0.5oz Dry Curacao

0.5oz Sage Liqueur

1 Dash Angostura Bitters

1 Dash Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters

**Build in a Rocks glass, add ice and stir.

**Garnish: Fresh Sage



Any chance to hang with the guys is a chance not to be missed. Throw in some stylish gents, great cocktails in an incredible location and you epitomize the spirit of the I.W. Harper. And that’s what it means to Live Like Mr. Harper.


Shop My Looks/Details

Blue suit – Armani Collezioni; Tie/Pocket Square – Harrison Blake; Dress shirt – Neiman Marcus


Photography by Jeffrey Thatcher Photography 


I am working in partnership with I. W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own. Whiskey is intended for those whom alcohol is legal and appropriate. Please Drink Responsibly.