Cheers to Chocolate Whiskey

When it comes to whiskey, some folks are a bit skeptical of flavored varieties. Let’s face it, trends like the espresso martini can be hit or miss. But what if I told you there’s a flavored whiskey out there that even the pickiest whiskey lovers can’t resist? That’s where Ballotin Whiskey steps in – a beautiful marriage of bourbon whiskey and rich chocolate, born out of a love for flavor and bringing people together.

Back in 2015, right in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey had one mission in mind: to create whiskeys that weren’t just delicious but downright dangerous in how good they tasted. The whiskey, aged for three years in barrels, is carefully mixed with all-natural ingredients and flavors to create what is called “Dangerously Good” Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey and Whiskey Creams.

Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey blends the smoothness of whiskey with the richness of chocolate and other natural flavors. Taking those classic bourbon flavors—think chocolate, nuts, caramel, mint, and vanilla—and bringing them to the forefront while still keeping that spicy, oaky essence of traditional whiskey. The result? A whiskey that’s so inviting and easy to drink you’ll want to share it with everyone you know. Or not—no judgment!

With the holiday season upon us, it’s the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Despite Bob’s usual skepticism towards flavored spirits, Paul Tuell, the co-founder of Ballotin Whiskey, proves that when it’s done right, a flavored whiskey can be just as elegant and enjoyable as any other.

And speaking of enjoyment, let’s talk about cocktails. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy Ballotin Whiskey:

Ballotin Whiskey Espresso Martini

  • 1.5 oz. Bourbon Ball
  • 0.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101
  • 1 oz. fresh, chilled espresso
  • 0.25 oz. Simple Syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice and serve in a coup glass.

Ballotin’s Handshake

  • 2 oz. Original Chocolate
  • 0.5 oz. Fernet-Branca
  • 0.25 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 4 dashes Hot Pepper Bitters

Stir all ingredients and serve over a large cube with a small candy cane garnish.

The Sweet Mother-In-Law

  • 2 oz. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream
  • 0.5 oz. Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liquor
  • 0.5 oz. Lazzaroni Amaretto

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over a large cube or into a coupe – garnish with grated chocolate!

It doesn’t matter if you’re cozying up by the fire or celebrating with friends; Ballotin Whiskey makes every moment a little sweeter and a lot more fun. Here is to trying something new and embracing how delicious flavored whiskey can be!

So, whether you’re a whiskey enthusiast or a cocktail aficionado, we invite you to join us on our Cocktails with Friends podcast, where we share insider tips, secret recipes, and engaging conversations with fellow enthusiasts of fine food and drink.