This month’s cocktail hour is infused with some Black History. Uncle Nearest Whiskey Brand Ambassador, Chastity Beasley dropped some knowledge and made a delicious cocktails. You may remember Uncle Nearest Whiskey from our “How To Incorporate Wine and Spirits into Your New Lifestyle Segment on WGN.”

Check out today’s video for YouTube with fun facts and recipes. The link is below.

A Little-Known Black History Fact:

Uncle Nearest is a Tennessee whiskey named after the first African American master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green. He credited as the man who taught Jack Daniel’s how to make whiskey. According to Chastity “you all know Jack Daniel’s as the Father of Tennessee Whiskey, well Uncle Nearest, former slave, is the godfather of Tennessee Whiskey.”

Did You Know:

Nathan “Nearest” Green is also credited for introducing the Lincoln County Process to Tennessee Whiskey makers. As a result this process is the standard at Jack Daniel’s distillery. The Lincoln County Process is a, “unique filtering of bourbon through sugar maple charcoal. This process has been confirmed to have been brought to Tennessee by enslaved people.” Read more about Uncle Nearest

Recipe: I’m Sweet on Uncle Nearest

Check out this love inspired cocktail made with the Uncle Nearest 1884. The date on the bottled his the date Uncle Nearest bottles is last whiskey. This whiskey is great served neat and shines in this cocktail. The flavors in this whiskey is vanilla, caramel, dried stone fruit.


Muddled fresh strawberries

½ an ounce of lemon juice

½ ounce of simple syrup

½ ounce of Martini and Rossi bitter liqueur

1 ½ ounce of Uncle Nearest 1884