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.

Bufala Negra
Photo: © Wendell T. Webber
1 drink


  • 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


  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.

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