SET THE TONE WITH BASIL HAYDEN
Basil Hayden was created to give the world a new interpretation of what bourbon can be. To challenge our preconceptions and help elevate every occasion we uncork the bottle for. We talked with two experts in the spirits world, well versed in the art of curating drinks, food and experiences: Tim Heuisler, American Whiskey Ambassador for Beam Suntory and Amy Probasco, Lead Mixologist for Beam Suntory, about ways to help turn your next hosting moment into an experience everyone will remember.
“Be mindful of the moment when your guests walk through the door.” You only get one chance to make a first impression, so, Amy says “consider the idea of Welcome Cocktails.” The beauty of Basil Hayden, according to Tim, is that “everyone is excited about it because it is approachable and can be prepared and enjoyed both in cocktails and on the rocks. It speaks to both bourbon drinkers and non-bourbon drinkers by challenging your perception of what a bourbon can be.”
“There are things you realize when you walk into someone’s home,” Tim said. “These three simple things can easily elevate an experience: Lighting, Volume (music), and Temperature.” Set the stage for what you want your event to be from the get go. Make sure that first moment when your guests enter your home is indicative of how you want the rest of the night to go, from the first sip they taste to the first note they hear and if you’re in need of a little creative help with that welcome cocktail, Amy has provided some inspiration: