By Lance Avery Morgan        Photography courtesy of Landry Distillery


With the holidays rapidly approaching, aren’t we’re all seeking the perfect gifts and drinks to serve at holiday dinners, parties, and events? Or, to present as host gifts? The easy solution has been created in the spirits-giving department. We recommend the quality-crafted, premium cocktail using Austin-born Landry Distillery’s signature, Landry Stakes, small batch bourbon whiskey…and Landry Oaks, a rye whiskey double. Each is the perfect drink that gives the comfort of the holidays for any occasion as well as a coveted holiday gift to share with your friends, family, or even your holiday party host.

It all had to begin somewhere with Landry Distillery. The multi-family generation founder and third-generation owner of racing-class quarter horses, Zach Landry, bonded with his grandfather over Quarter Horse racing and how they both considered a good whiskey their favorite drink of choice. Following in his grandfather and uncle’s footsteps, Landry is a devoted bourbon aficionado who has a reputation for gifting friends with limited-edition bottles. After watching the success of thoroughbred focused limited-edition bourbons and contemplating the Landry brand story for many years, he used his entrepreneurial spirit to fill that missing space on the shelf by founding Landry Distillery.

We know that Zach Landry has worked hard for years to craft a bourbon and rye formula that he could make his family proud.  “For the price, it’s as good as any whiskey you can buy,” shares Zach Landry. In November 2021, Landry Distillery’s first two products, Landry Oaks and Landry Stakes, hit the shelves as the first whiskey brand to celebrate the spirit of Quarter Horse Racing. “There’s nothing in the spirits world fostering a relationship with Quarter Horse Racing,” continues Landry. “I’ve always wanted to build my whiskey brand around the dream paying homage to many of the great Quarter Horses.”

The predominant flavor of Landry Oaks Rye is oak wood sugar and peppery grain and leaves the taster with an inviting finish of a peppery rest on the tongue that develops into a caramel and rye bread taste. The Landry Stakes Bourbon’s predominant flavor is a mixture of brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon and surrounds the palate with flavors of wood sugar and a cinnamon and ginger finish.


Landry’s Stakes Bourbon provides us with a perfect holiday cocktail called the Casey’s Shadow. This cocktail contains 2 oz of Landry Distillery’s signature Stakes Bourbon, ½ oz Lemon Juice, 1 ½ oz Demerara Syrup, ¼ oz Allspice Dram, 2 Dash Jerry Thomas Bitters, 1 Cinnamon Stick, 5 Cloves, 1 Star Anise, and a Lemon peel. To create this cocktail, all it takes is mixing the ingredients in a mug with about 6 oz of hot water and finishing it off with a Lemon peel, Cinnamon Stick, and Star Anise.

This holiday season we recommend that you join Zach Landry and his grandfather in their love for sharing a premium whiskey by gifting and drinking Landry Distillery’s signature products. Landry’s fine products can be found at Twin Liquors, Spec’s Wine and Spirits, Total Wine and Spirits, King Liquors, and many independent retailers across Texas. (ABV 45%; MSRP $59.00/750ml). For more information, visit LandryDistillery.com.