Local Ingredients Series: Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Inspired by the virtues of independence, excellence, and pursuit of adventure, Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whiskey is handcrafted in small batches by Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow. Besides being enjoyed neat and on the rocks as an evening spirit, this elixir is matured in high proof local brandy casks and the result is a perfectly-aged straight bourbon with hints of vanilla, caramel, and spice. This oaky flavor profile enhances savory foods, especially when prepared with other complementary local ingredients.

Superior Short Rib Tacos

The Short Rib Tacos are one of our favorite dishes and they are an incredible way to enjoy the smooth sweetness of Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whiskey. A rich mixture of Rough Rider and a traditional demi-glace creates a savory sauce that is folded into the ribs. This process, along with slowly applying heat, candies the ribs to excellence. The complexity of the whiskey enhances the potency of the demi-glace, turning the short ribs into a delectable filling for tacos.

The ribs are placed into an unconventional wrapper: a light and crispy fried wonton shell. Topped with potato sticks, local microgreens from Koppert Cress, and our unique Rough Rider Whiskey Worcestershire sauce; the flavor is exquisite. In the Worcestershire, the Rough Rider’s spicy body brings out the slight bitterness of the vinegar and lemon: a perfect complement to the fresh and savory flavors of the ribs and garnish.

Outstanding Onion Rings  

Serving as a perfect opening to a meal at Bistro 72, the Rough Rider Straight Bourbon Whiskey appears in this appetizer not once but three times. First, the onions are freshly sliced and dipped in Rough Rider. From there, we toss them in a carefully-perfected batter that also includes the whiskey and essential complementary spices. Once the rings are fried to crispy excellence, we serve them with another uniquely Bistro 72 sauce: a barbecue sauce and aioli hybrid.

The dipping sauce, a fabulous pairing for the crunchy rings, features Rough Rider whipped with mayonnaise into an aioli and brought together with barbeque sauce to connect and enhance the range of flavors in the onion and batter.

Stop by Bistro 72 today or call 631.369.3325 for reservations and enjoy one of these signature dishes, showcasing just one of the many local flavors that can be found here on Long Island!