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Woodford Reserve bottle next to an Old Fashioned
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Nail Friday drinks with these Woodford Reserve cocktails

Our Instagram Live masterclasses are over but you can still make these delicious recipes at home

Time Out in association with Woodford Reserve
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If, like us, you've been working from home the past few weeks, you'll have experienced the particular sting of missing Friday knock-off drinks. And with cocktail bars and whiskey haunts closed around the country, that longing for a professionally mixed concoction is all the more potent. Well, thanks to Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight bourbon whiskey, we came up with a way you can make a top-notch cocktail with utensils you have at home and scratch your 'TGIF' itch while you're doing it.

Woodford Reserve is a small-batch bourbon that is carefully distilled rather than being mass-produced. Each bottle is the result of an artisanal process that elevates the five sources of bourbon flavour – grain, water, fermentation, distillation and aging – for a distinct taste that is all its own. Woodford's distillers regularly release creative limited editions too, with exciting boundary-pushing bottles available every year. We're teaming up with the Woodford crew to bring you delicious and easy cocktails you can make with their elegant bourbon at home.

Over three weeks, Woodford's global ambassador Thalita Alves showed us how to make bar-quality cocktails at home on Time Out Sydney's Instagram Live. Missed it? No worries, we've got you covered with all the recipes and links to the informative masterclass videos you need.

How to make high class Woodford Reserve cocktails at home

Woodford Reserve bottle next to an Old Fashioned
Woodford Reserve bottle next to an Old Fashioned
Photograph: Supplied/ Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve's Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

Ingredients 

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, which you can buy here
Real maple syrup
Angostura bitters 
Orange
Coffee beans
Filtered water 
Fine sea salt
Ice (hot tip: fill a small tupperware container with water the morning of to get a singular Old Fashioned-style ice cube)

 Utensils

Old Fashioned glass
Measuring jugs 
Small bowls 
Tea spoon 
Wooden chopping board 
Long, narrow candle lighter or small butane gas blow torch

Follow along with Thalita's fun instructions on IGTV here.

Mint Julep in a tall glass next to Woodford Reserve
Mint Julep in a tall glass next to Woodford Reserve
Photograph: Supplied

Honey and Nutmeg Mint Julep

Ingredients
Woodford Reserve, which you can buy here 
Fresh mint 
Honey 
Ground nutmeg 
A mandarin
Ice cubes
Utensils
Tall glass
Measuring jugs
Teaspoon
Tablespoon
Wooden chopping board 
Rolling pin, wooden mallet or hammer
Tea towel  
Follow along with Thalita's fun instructions on IGTV here.
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Woodford Reserve basil and grapefruit highball

Ingredients 

Woodford Reserve, which you can buy here
Sparkling water or soda water
Honey
Grapefruit 
Orange
Basil leaves
Filtered water 
Ice

Utensils

2 highball glasses
Tablespoon
Measuring tools

Follow along with Thalita's fun instructions on IGTV here.

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