Bar Talk: Doc's 52

By Published: December 06, 2018 10:47 PM CT

Can’t decide between bourbon and rye? You don’t have to if you pick up a bottle of Doc.52; it’s half each.

It took a little hoop-jumping to get the state of Tennessee to allow the Germantown liquor store call their bottle a “two barrel blend,” but in the end, the hurdles were cleared and you can pick up your bottle at Doc’s Wine, Spirits and More, 6645 Poplar (901-249-7928) for $49.98 while supplies last.

I like bourbon with a splash of ginger ale and am brand loyal. If I have Fever Tree on hand, I use it. If not, it’s Schweppes for me. At 112 proof, this blend is a bit stout for straight sipping. It’s smooth, but even purists would likely cut this with a little water. If you’re anti-mixing, try it that way. If you want a cocktail, then here’s one for you that uses pomegranate juice. As the fruit is now in season, I suggest a few pomegranate arils for garnish.

Interesting side note: The mint julep has always been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but the other Triple Crown races also have official drinks that change periodically. Here’s one take on a drink served at Belmont Stakes (officially made with Woodford Reserve, but when it's at your house, you pick your bourbon).


Belmont Jewel


1 ½ ounces bourbon

2 ounces lemonade

Pomegranate arils or orange twist for garnish


Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice and garnish. Serves 1.




Bar Talk Doc's Wine Spirits and More
Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs is a native Memphian and veteran food writer and journalist who covers all things food, dining and spirits related for The Daily Memphian.

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