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In the Ironclad family, they believe there is such a thing as the 'bourbon gene.' It runs in their blood alcohol level. That’s why they founded Ironclad with a single goal, as simple as it is ambitious: To create the best bourbon, from grain to glass, like Grandma would have liked.
In 1862, one year into the American Civil War, the first ships to be armored in iron engaged in the waters off the Port of Newport News, Virginia. A few hours later, the Navy would be changed forever. That mighty battle inspired Ironclad Distillery Co’s name. It’s also why they stick to their guns. They make authentic bourbon. That’s it, and nothing else. It’s the Ironclad rule.
Working with some of Virginia’s best grains, their aim is to produce bourbon whiskey that is accessible in flavor and price, while also being the highest quality of production. Located along the James River, within view of the old Battle of the Ironclads site, Ironclad operates in the prodigious S.W. Holt & Co. warehouse built in 1913.

Maple Old Fashioned


Ingredients:
  • 0.75 oz. bourbon-barrel aged maple syrup
  • 2 oz. Ironclad Bourbon
  • 5 dashes Regan’s orange bitters
Directions:
Stir with ice, and then strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon peel and a cherry.

Ironclad Manhattan


Ingredients:
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz. Ironclad Bourbon
  • 0.75 oz. premium sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Directions:
Stir over ice, serve neat. Garnish with a cherry.

K.K.'s Sazerac


Ingredients:
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1.5 oz. Ironclad Bourbon
  • Absinthe or Pernod
  • Demerara sugar cube
Directions:
Muddle sugar cube with a few drops of water, and then stir with bourbon, bitters and ice. Serve neat in a glass in which you have rolled around absinthe to thoroughly coat. Garnish with a lemon peel and cherry.

Horse's Neck


Ingredients:
  • Fresh Lime
  • 1.5 oz. Ironclad Bourbon
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters or Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
  • Good quality ginger beer
Directions:
Build in the glass with ice. Top with the ginger beer and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with a lime slice.

The Whiskey Sour


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Agave nectar
  • 1.5 oz. Ironclad Bourbon
  • 1 fresh egg white (optional)
  • 1 heaping tsp orange marmalade
  • 3 dashes Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
Directions:
Shake this one three times: First dry shake it (without ice), then wet shake it (with ice), finally fine strain the liquid before giving it another dry shake. Serve neat and garnish with a cherry.

Iron Julep


Ingredients:
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 2 oz. Ironclad Bourbon
  • 0.5 oz. grapefruit oleo saccharum
Directions:
Muddle mint in a julep cup. Stir with crushed ice, top with freshly grated nutmeg. Garnish with a big mint sprig.