The Nine Pound Hammer

This bourbon-based cocktail, created by Scott Koehl of Ada St. in Chicago, celebrates summer’s bounty with a big hit of corn.


  • 1 oz. sweet corn-infused Booker’s bourbon (see below)
  • ¼ oz. Demerara sugar
  • 6 dashes house-made tobacco bitters (Look for Marie Laveau or Perique® Tobacco liqueur)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • ½ oz. cold spring water
  • 1 corn husk


Build ingredients directly in a short rocks glass over ice. Stir gently and garnish with a charred corn husk.

For sweet corn-infused Booker’s bourbon

  • 750 ml Booker’s bourbon
  • 14 cup whole dried sweet corn

Soak corn in bourbon for 48 hours at room temperature. Strain to remove corn.

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