Bufala Negra

The Oakroom • Louisville, KY

At The Oakroom, where Al Capone regularly played poker in the 1920s, the bartenders use bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery in nearby Frankfort, Kentucky.

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  • Servings: makes 1 drink

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  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 1/2 ounces chilled ginger ale

How to make this recipe

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 of the basil leaves with the vinegar and Simple Syrup. Add ice and the bourbon and shake well. Strain the drink into an ice-filled rocks glass, stir in the ginger ale and garnish with the remaining basil leaf.

Photo © Wendell T. Webber Published March 2008

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