Historic Husk Bar Brings New Life to Old-Fashioned Classics

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The Husk Bar is found downstairs in what used to be the master bedroom of a historic 1800s home in Rutledge Hill. Upstairs you will find the James Beard Award-winning restaurant, Husk Restaurant. The bar has an attached patio, and right outside, you will find an atrium providing something more than just a garden view. In the atrium lives the Husk’s herb garden, where bartender Mike Wolf picks herbs and garnishes at season’s peak, often inspiring new cocktail recipes.

In this episode of “Across the Bar,” Paul Barron travels to downtown Nashville to see what they’re stirring up at the Husk Bar.

Cocktail No. 1: Robotic Reaction

In order to turn out a drink with intense color, Wolf tried his hand at a Midori Cocktail using Centenario Plata tequila. Pulling some salad burnet from the Husk herb garden to intensify the melon flavor and finishing it off with a housemade tincture, the Robotic Reaction transforms the intensely sweet flavor of Midori into a more organic tasting cocktail with a kick.


  • Muddled Cucumber

  • Fresh Salad Burnet

  • Sea Salt

  • Happed Grapefruit Bitters

  • Lemon and Lime Juice

  • Midori

  • Centenario Plata Tequila

  • Cucumber-Salad Burnet Tincture

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Cocktail No. 2 : Ol’ Sorgy

The Ol’ Sorgy is a take on a classic Old Fashioned using Barrel-aged sorghum syrup infused with dried Magnolia leaves that give off a whiskey bourbon-like aroma. Wolf perfected the recipe once he found that “sorghum and Wheated Bourbon had this really nice affinity with each other.”


  • Whiskey barrel bitters

  • Lemon Peel

  • Honey Vinegar

  • Tansy Tincture

  • Weller 107 Wheated Bourbon

Cocktail No. 3: The H is Silent

This final cocktail shows the true skill of the bar at Husk. Using their own housemade Cara Cara Orange Curacao, Wolf creates a unique drink that Host Paul Barron can’t get enough of.


  • Cara Cara Orange Curacao

  • Lime Juice

  • La Cartuja Red Wine

  • Barrel Select Rhum Agricole

  • Abbott's Bitters

  • Cara Cara Orange Garnish