To commemorate its 50th year, Visit Baton Rouge has introduced a cocktail in hopes of keeping the celebration alive for many years to come. Created by Aaron Bertrand of the Bourbon Society of Baton Rouge, the Capital Cocktail is a bourbon-based cocktail that ties in a taste of Baton Rouge by using Louisiana molasses and honey.



50/50 honey and blackstrap molasses
Blackberry lemon twist (for garnish)
2.5oz Fistful of Bourbon
0.5-0.75oz honey, lemon or ginger simple syrup*
0.5-0.75oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Orange bitters

*May vary based on bourbon proof. Cocktail & Sons makes a pre-mixed honey/ginger simple syrup that can be found at neighborhood specialty grocers.



Using a condiment dispenser, spread the honey/molasses blend in a striped pattern around the inside of a cocktail glass.

Muddle 1 blackberry in the bottom then fill glass with crushed ice and set aside.

In a cocktail shaker, blend the bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice and 2 dashes of orange bitters. Shake with ice and pour in glass.

Smoke briefly with fruit-based smoking wood (cherry or pear, preferably)**

Garnish with lemon blackberry twist.

Enjoy responsibly!



Order the Capital Cocktail at the following establishments:

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Café

Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine

Brickyard South Bar + Patio

BRQ Restaurant

Capital City Grill

Cecelia Creole Bistro

Churchill's Cigar Shop

City Club of Baton Rouge

City Pork Brasserie & Bar

City Pork Highland @ Perkins

City Slice Pints & Pies

Crowne Plaza Executive Center

Doe's Eat Place

DoubleTree by Hilton - Baton Rouge

Drago's Seafood Restaurant - Baton Rouge

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

Holiday Inn Sport Zone

Just Wingin' It

Kenny's Cue & Tavern

Leola's Café & Coffee House

Marriott Hotel River Rouge Kitchen & Bar

Mike Anderson's Seafood

Monjunis Italian Café

Phil's Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

Portobello's Italian Grill - George O'Neal Road

Portobello's Italian Grill - Old Hammond Highway

Proverbial Wine Bistro

Radio Bar

Renaissance Hotel

Rouj Creole


Spoke & Hub

Springhill Suites Baton Rouge South

Stroube's Seafood & Steak

The Station Bar & Grill

Superior Bar & Grill - Mid City

Thai Kitchen Fusion

Tramonte's Meat & Seafood

Uncle Earl's

Watermark Baton Rouge