Sweet Root Godin

Sweet Root Goofin’


Courtesy of Brandon “Habi” Habenstein, Beverage Director at The Kitchen & Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company in Bardstown, Kentucky, Habi shares a sweet cocktail that is a pure autumn holiday. The Sweet Root Goofin’ which is as fun to say as it is fun to drink – uses a sweet potato syrup, two ounces of wonderful Bardstown bourbon, and a half-ounce of Fernet Vallet that adds a light touch of sweet and spicy to the drink. From The Vivant’s Top Ten: Fall Cocktail Roundup, here is Habi’s special recipe.


  • 2 oz Bardstown Bourbon Co fusion
  • 5 oz Fernet Vallet
  • 5 oz sweet potato syrup
  • Cinnamon-sweet potato whipped craem


Build all ingredients in a Collins glass and fill with crushed ice. Top with whipped cream.

Sweet potato syrup

Dice one sweet potato. Combine 1 pint Demerara sugar with 1 pint water over medium low heat. Stir until crystals are dissolved. Add diced sweet potato and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes. Strain and chill.

Cinnamon-sweet potato whipped cream


  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz sweet potato syrup
  • 14 oz heavy whipping cream


Combine all ingredients and whip.