A Bourbon Good Luck Charm for the New Year

Celebration of New Years 
would be incomplete without 
a good luck charm of a cocktail like this!

Master Mixologist, Bobby G. Gleason, created this cocktail and I applauded the combination of Jim Beam and lemon from the first sip. 

Limoncello drinks abound, I’ve even read where many of you food bloggers have made your own limoncello.  I’ve never tried the Italian lemon liqueur in a cocktail until now and it’s definitely a refreshing winner.

As for the bourbon, in 1795, Jim Beam was born. Since then, seven generations of Beam family master distillers have worked to perfect the art of bourbon.  And they’ve always done it their way, aging every single drop twice as long as the law requires.

Per Jim Beam Distillery, over 220 years of experience goes into every bottle. Along with corn, rye, malted barley, water, time, pride, and, of course, true passion.  Take a sip and you’ll know what we mean.  I have and know.

I grew up in Bourbon country ~ Louisville, KY. The bluegrass byways wind through bourbon country connecting Louisville, Bardstown, and Frankfort in a large triangle.  Free tours are available in numerous distilleries along the way, with tastings and some rich southern history.  

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ~ where the spirit leads you. 
Bill and I have traveled the Kentucky Bourbon Trail more than once, admiring the beautiful scenery, horses, and the distilleries, about 10 of them, nestled in the hills.

Jim Beam Distillery fits right in at Clermont, just outside of Bardstown.  Jim Beam bourbon utilizes Kentucky’s perfect natural mix of weather and pure limestone water to produce its classic taste and deep amber color.  Did you know that Jim Beam makes over two-thirds of all the bourbon produced in Kentucky?

Speaking of Louisville, note the shot glass in the picture below.  It was the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad logo.  Bill worked for the L&N for years.  The railroad connected many of the distilleries that made getting the product to market easy ~ Jim Beam shipped all of their bourbon by rail on the L&N railroad.  

Which brings us to this charming cocktail:  It takes a jigger of Jim Beam Bourbon, a little limoncello, some lemon sour mix, and a lemon slice.  Don’t buy your sour mix, they’re not the same and It’s just as easy to make your own.  Shake it up, pour over ice and garnish with a lemon wheel.  Voila!  A Good Luck Charm for you!

Printable recipe

1½ ounces Jim Beam Bourbon
¾ ounce limoncello
2 ounces lemon sour*
Lemon wheel, for garnish

Shake all ingredients until well blended.
Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.

* Lemon Sour Simple Syrup
Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir until completely dissolved.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 1 cup fresh lemon juice.
Cool before bottling and stir in the refrigerator.


Here’s wishing you
the best in


  1. Now this sounds delightful. Since I have all the makings here at the house this might be how I ring in the new year.
    As for making limencello, I have done it and it is one of those things that is worth buying already bottled. The least bit of pith on the lemon rind makes the entire bottle bitter. It took me three tries and untold lemons to get it right. It is easier to buy and make cordials and liquors that are a little more forgiving!

    1. Thanks for the input, Anne! I get it with the pith, it's so bitter. So I will continue to buy my limoncello. If you like bourbon and lemon, this is a go. Take care and Happy New Year!

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Diane! Cheers to you and Happy New Year!

  3. Hi Pam, As close as we are to Kentucky, we've never done the Bourbon trail. I probably should pick at least one KY distillery and pay it a visit. The last limoncello we had was furnished by our neighbor and friend, Big Dude (http://bigdudesramblings.blogspot.com/), My wife loves it. We'll have to give your cocktail recipe a try! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. Hi Dave! It's a fun interesting experience and quite a few sights to see with all the back roads. Jim Beam is a good one to visit and so is Makers Mark. Limoncello tastes great in this drink. Here's wishing you the best in 2019. Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year, Pam! I have never visited a distillery....it must have been a really fun experience.

  6. Interesting post.

    Wishing you a spectacular 2019!

    M : )

  7. This sounds like a fantastic and refreshing drink Pam! Happy New Year - and blessings to you and your family.

  8. I'll toast to you with one of these cocktails anytime. Happy New Year Pam.

  9. I may even be persuaded to drink bourbon with this recipe! We always have a bottle of Jim Beam on hand since a good friend enjoys it when he visits :) Happy and Healthy New Year, Pam!!

  10. Happy New Year! As you know Pam we lived in bourbon country (Woodford County) and have also made the rounds to the distilleries. But, I've never tried a Good Luck Charm but will this evening. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Where's the Knob Creek at? You could've at least included one good bourbon :)

  12. Your little trip through Bourbon History is fun.

    Have a glorious New Year! Enjoy many many cocktails!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  13. Happy New Year Pam! I am loving the sound and the look of this drink...lemony all the way...thanks for the recipe, I will sue give this drink a try.
    Have a lovely rest of the week!


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