Off The Beaten Path - A Cocktail Created In Partnership With Marriott Traveler

This time in Nashville it was different.

The first time I visited, I stayed with a friend in a suburb called Brentwood. I made my way downtown for a brief moment, but it didn't really count. The second time I stayed in Lynchburg, visiting the Jack Daniel's distillery. We really only had one full day in Nashville. But this time it was different.

I had the opportunity to stay in a great place in downtown Nashville. That place is the Springhill Suites Vanderbilt/West End. Finally had the chance to experience a side to the city I hadn't seen before.

Of course, I went to Broadway. You have to. It's the city's major thoroughfare for fun, touristy things, live music, bars, and restaurants. Going to Nashville and not spending time on Broadway is like going to New York for the first time, and not seeing Times Square. The city's music scene is next level. The barbecue is amazing. I love the everything about the entertainment this part of the city brings.

But there's more than just Broadway. As one Nashville bartender told me, "If you come to this city and all you do is party on Broadway, then you didn't really see Nashville." So I let the bartenders I met this trip lead me on an unbeaten path through the city.

Attaboy Nashville, Patterson House, Old Glory, Bastion, LA Jackson, Henley, Crying Wolf, Urban Cowboy, Pearl Diver, Green Hour, Epice, Geist. I visited nearly every spot the city bartenders recommended (not all in one day of course).

The cocktail programs throughout the city are amazing and the food extends beyond just barbecue. From the authentic Lebanese food of Epice, to the cocktail bar only open Thursday - Saturday. Nashville is unique and diverse and that's what I want to represent in this cocktail recipe for Marriott Traveler.

This recipe is a simple one to create. I used Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack, a brand that created Tennessee as it's own distinction in the whiskey category.

The spiced pear liqueur, and cinnamon syrup not only make this cocktail fall & winter appropriate, but nod to Nashville's other unique dining places.

Nashville is an amazing city, and worth getting off the beaten path for...starting with the Springhill Suites.

What You Need


  • 2 oz Whiskey (Gentleman Jack)
  • 1/2 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 3 Muddled Nectarine Slices

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the nectarine slices, bitters, lemon juice, and cinnamon syrup, and muddle the ingredients. Add in the whiskey and spiced pear liqueur.
  2. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake for 7-10 seconds to chill.
  3. Double strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over ice, and garnish with a sprig of fresh sage.

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