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Cocktail of the Week: Bufala Negra

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind – but every now and then, you deserve a happy hour that's a little more...hmmm. What's the word? Refined! Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology is graciously sharing a new cocktail with us every week, just in time for Happy Hour.

The Bufala Negra is a delightfully unexpected combination of bourbon, basil, balsamic syrup and ginger beer that will pique the curiosity of your tastebuds and leave you with a fine finish of pleasant satisfaction.


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 4 basil leaves (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/2 oz. balsamic syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • Topped with ginger beer


  1. In a shaker, muddle the sugar cube, basil and Balsamic Syrup.
  2. Add the bourbon, fill with ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with basil leaves.

Queen Bee is raising the bar for cocktails made at home with recipes that are both easy – and delicious! Want more? Connect with Queen Bee Mixology on social media for extra recipes and behind-the-scenes content produced by VMG Studios. Please drink responsibly.