Compared to rye whiskey cocktails, bourbon cocktails are much harder to make. Bourbon has a natural sweetness that can sometimes mar other flavours used in making cocktails. Whereas rye whiskey, with a drier and spicier flavour gives cocktails that extra punch.

The Revolver cocktail originated in 2003 in San Francisco and it was introduced by the legendary bartender, Jon Santer. Using rye-heavy Bulleit Bourbon (A bulle(i)t in a revolver!) to enjoy its spicy flavour, Santer added orange bitters and a measurement of strong coffee liqueur. The perfect balance between the strong flavours of coffee liqueur and bourbon is what makes this drink irresistible. He personally used the Jamaican coffee liqueur, Tia Maria. However, the Revolver can be tried with numerous other coffee liqueurs like Firelit, Galliano Ristretto, Araku, and Kahlua. All these flavours from different regions add their own unique sparks to the drink.


  • Bourbon – 60ml
  • Coffee liqueur – 15ml
  • Orange bitters – 2 dashes
  • FOR GARNISH: Orange Peel

The Process

Combine the bourbon, coffee liqueur, orange bitters, and ice in a mixing glass.

Stir the mix around for 30 seconds till it is chilled.

Strain the drink into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with an orange peel, flamed or as is, and your Revolver is ready to kill!