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Narrated by Emmy-Award winning actor Jeffrey Wright, this beautifully shot short film, telling the story of the first known African-American master distiller, is about much more than whiskey. It is a story of honor, respect, and an unlikely friendship that could be the greatest American story you never heard.

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Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey honors the world’s first-known African American master distiller, Nearest Green. The brand is the fastest growing American whiskey in US history, and the portfolio is the Most Awarded American Whiskey or Bourbon of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Our four ultra-premium whiskeys have garnered over 450 awards and accolades since the brand’s 2017 launch, with 54 Best in Class honors, including: Spirit Brand of the Year from Wine Enthusiast, two Chairman’s Trophies from Ultimate Spirits Challenge, back-to-back Master Blender of the Year awards from Whisky Magazine, Whisky of the Year from USA Spirits Ratings, and back-to-back honors of “World’s Best” at the 2019 and 2020 World Whiskies Awards.

Uncle Nearest is currently available in all 50 states and 12 countries, and is sold in more than 25,000 stores, bars, hotels, restaurants, as well as at its 323-acre distillery in Shelbyville, Tenn., dubbed as “Malt Disney World.”

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Ginger Soul Alexanderia Poole // Richmond, VA

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • 3-4 blackberries (plus more for garnish)
  • 2-3 pineapple chunks
  • 1oz Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • .5oz fresh squeezed lime juice

The Method

Add fruit and ginger liqueur to cocktail shaker. Muddle ingredients gently, just to break up fruit. Add Uncle Nearest and lime juice. Add ice and shake until well mixed and cold (approximately 10 seconds). Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass without ice. Garnish with skewered blackberries.

Additional Tip
To give your cocktail some extra flare like shown in the photo, add some edible gold glitter to the rim of your glass as a garnish.


Nathan's Morning Brew Andrew Osgood St. // Charles, MO

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .25oz chocolate simple syrup*
  • 2 dashes coffee bitters
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 cold brew coffee ice sphere*

The Method

Combine orange slice, coffee bitters and chocolate simple syrup and muddle. Add Uncle Nearest 1856 and stir to combine. Place a cold brew coffee ice sphere into a rocks glass and pour cocktail over sphere. Garnish with an orange twist for some added color.

Homemade Ingredients
Chocolate simple syrup:
Combine one part Hershey’s chocolate syrup to one part water. Stir until fully combined. 

Cold Brew Sphere:
Pour cold brew coffee into a spherical ice mold and freeze.


State Street Pt.2 Ryan Hembree // Boise, ID

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • 1oz Pineapple juice
  • bottle ginger beer (Ryan recommends Cock & Bull)
  • .75oz of Banana/Cinnamon simple syrup*
  • 1 Banana Chip

The Method

In an iced Collins glass, add Uncle Nearest and pineapple juice. Stir to combine. Top with ginger beer to taste but leave a little room in the glass. Finish with .75 oz of Banana/Cinnamon simple syrup. Garnish with grated banana chip and enjoy.

Homemade Ingredients
Banana/Cinnamon Simple Syrup
In a pot over medium heat combine 2 cups water, 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups organic banana chips, and 5 sticks of cinnamon broken in half

Bring to a light simmer while stirring. Once at a simmer, remove from heat. Allow to steep for 1 hour. Strain liquid from solids and chill before use.


Southern Bella Jacqueline Verge // Phoenix, AZ

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Hibiscus Kiss Infused Uncle Nearest 1884*
  • 1oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1oz  Crockett Desert Gold Mesquite Honey Simple*
  • 1oz Egg White
  • 3 dashes Fee Brother's Rhubarb Bitters

The Method

Add 2 oz of Hibiscus Kiss infused Uncle Nearest 1884, plus all other ingredients to your cocktail shaker. Begin with a dry shake (without ice), followed by your wet shake (with ice) for 8-10 seconds. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a pinch of dry tea in the center.

Homemade Ingredients
Crockett Desert Gold Mesquite Honey Syrup:
Combine equal parts hot water and honey. Stir to combine. Allow to cool before use.

Hibiscus Kiss infused Uncle Nearest 1884: Combine one bottle of Uncle Nearest 1884 with 2oz of Loose Leaf Tea Market’s Hibiscus Kiss Blend (blend includes: hibiscus, chamomile, elderberries, calendula, and rose). Steep at room temperature until a dark ‘pomegranate juice’ color is achieved. Once the whiskey is done steeping, strain out any remaining tea.


A Lion's Brunch Stephen Simmons // St. Louis, MO

The Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .5 oz The Big O ginger liqueur
  • .5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .5 oz Grand Marnier
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Orange peel garnish

The Method

Combine everything but Prosecco in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 5 seconds, strain into a champagne flute and top with Prosecco. Using a vegetable peeler, remove a strip of peel from an orange. Express the oil from the orange peel over the cocktail and twist over the rim of the glass as a garnish.

Additional Tip
This cocktail makes an excellent (Mother’s Day) brunch cocktail. For a larger batch, multiply the ingredients each by 10 and combine in a carafe or pitcher. Since you won’t be shaking with ice, add a small amount of water for dilution if desired. Stir to combine and refrigerate until cold.


Founding Fathers Mike Harmon // Topeka, KS

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .75oz St George Spirits Spiced Pear Liqueur
  • 1oz honey tea syrup*
  • 1oz orange juice
  • 1oz 2% milk

The Method

Combine all ingredients except milk and stir to combine. Pour cocktail mixture into 1 oz of 2% milk and stir. Allow mixture to sit for 1 hour to 1 day in the refrigerator so milk can separate and curdle (this is the reaction you are looking for). Once milk has fully curdled, pour the mixture through a coffee filter to remove milk solids. Serve in a chilled Nick and Nora glass.

Homemade Ingredient
Honey tea syrup
5 cup honey, 1.5 cup Black tea, 1.5oz Cynar

Combine .5 cups honey with 1.5 cups of hot water and 1.5 oz Cynar. Then steep black tea bags in the syrup mixture until desired flavor is extracted from the tea bags (2-3 minutes). Let mixture cool and bottle.


West Coast Notions Jared Murray // Oakland, CA

The Ingredients

  • 1oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 1oz Plum Sherry* (use as a float)
  • .75oz Lemon Juice
  • .25 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1 Egg White

The Method

Combine all ingredients except Plum Sherry in a cocktail shaker without ice. Dry shake for 10 seconds, then add ice and shake again for 8-10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and slowly pour Plum Sherry on top as a float.

Homemade Ingredient
Plum Sherry
250 g Chopped Plums
, 250 mL Amontillado Sherry 

Combine and let rest in closed container for 48 Hours 
or sous vide at 53 degrees Celsius for 4 hours


Meet Me in the Berry Patch Tara Gillum // Chillicothe, OH

The Ingredients

  • 2 oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 1 oz Triple Berry Shrub*
  • 2 dashes Vanilla Bitters
  • 1 tsp bar sugar
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • Top with a fresh mint foam (optional)*

The Method

Without foam- muddle mint and bar sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add Uncle Nearest, bitters, shrub and ice, and shake for 8-10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 
With foam- combine whiskey, shrub and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 8-10 seconds. Top with fresh mint foam, berries and mint.

Homemade Ingredients
Triple Berry Shrub:
1 cup of Red Wine Vinegar, 1 cup of Wild Flower Honey, 1 cup of berries- Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries (equal parts)
Make as a hot shrub, allow to cool before straining.

Fresh Mint Foam:
In a foamer, add 6 egg whites, 3 oz lemon juice and 4 oz peppermint schnapps.  Add the top and give a vigorous shake.  Chill for at least 2 hours for the best smooth consistency.


Second Act Laura Reidy // Los Angeles, CA

The Ingredients

  • 2oz  movie theater salted buttered popcorn washed Uncle Nearest 1856*
  • .75oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • .5oz Creme de Cacoa
  • .25oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white

The Method

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 8-10 seconds, until blended together. Strain liquid into small part of the cocktail shaker and dump the used ice. Dry shake all ingredients again until well combined and frothy. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a pick of fresh movie theater popcorn.

Homemade Ingredient
Popcorn Washed Uncle Nearest:
Pour Uncle Nearest 1856 over hot, freshly popped popcorn. The popcorn should be buttered and salted. This can either be done by hand using Orville Redenbacher popcorn oil and sea salt or by popping a bag of Orville Redenbacher “Movie Theater Popcorn” in the microwave. Pour 250ml of Uncle Nearest for every 2 cups of popcorn. Let sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours then transfer to the freezer for 2-4 hours, or until oils have frozen. Strain out frozen oils and popcorn pieces from the whiskey. Now it’s ready to use in Second Act.


Moonwalking in Calabasas DeAndre Jackson // Los Angeles, CA

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .75oz Averna Amaro
  • .5oz Lemon Oleo-saccharum*
  • .75oz Egg White
  • 3 dashes rhubarb bitters 
  • Angostura bitters as Garnish

The Method

Combine all ingredients except Angostura in a cocktail shaker without ice. Shake for 8-10 seconds. Add ice and shake again for 8-10 seconds. Strain cocktail into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Allow foam to settle. With a dropper bottle, place several drops of Angostura bitters in a circle on top of the cocktail. Run a toothpick through the drops to create a design.

Homemade Ingredient

Lemon Oleo-Saccharum:
Zest of 6 Lemons, 6 oz of sugar, 10 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Peel the citrus, trying to avoid the bitter white part, and place the peels into a clean bowl.
Add the sugar onto the peels and stir to coat them.
With your hands, massage the sugar into the peels, releasing the oils into the sugar 
Let the mixture sit covered for at least 6 hours or overnight. Add fresh lemon juice to mixture after oils from peels are released to create a more liquid solution and stir to combine. Strain off the liquid from peels into a bottle to store.


The Whiskey Pick Me Up Kristen Hawker // Atlanta, GA

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • 1oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1.5oz espresso
  • 1.5oz milk of your choice
  • 1oz simple syrup
  • Cinnamon as garnish

The Method

Fill a Collins glass with ice to 3/4 full. Pour Kahlua first, followed by milk of your choice. Do not stir, so as to create a layered effect.
In a cocktail shaker add espresso, Uncle Nearest 1884, simple syrup and ice.  Shake 8-10 times. Strain on top of other ingredients already on ice in the Collins glass. 
Do not stir. Top with cinnamon as garnish. Now you can stir if desired.


Dreamchaser Tyler Haley // Nashville, TN

The Ingredients

  • 1oz 1856
  • .5oz Artez Arvani Vanilla Liqueur
  • .5oz Averna Amaro
  • .75 Sunflower Seed Simple*
  • 1 dash Angostura

The Method

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir for 15-20 seconds or until desired dilution and temperature are reached. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Homemade Ingredient
Sunflower Seed Simple: 

Use a 2:1 ratio (by weight) of roasted/salted/shelled sunflower seeds, and sugar. 
In a jar, combine seeds and sugar. Slowly add just enough hot water to dissolve the sugar. Take a pot and double boil the jar on med-low until the sunflower seeds start to darken. Take off heat, strain and pass through a coffee filter while the liquid is still hot. Cool, bottle, and serve.

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