Turner Wathen is the guardian of a legacy. One he refuses to release to the history books.

Dating back to 1788, the Wathen family has been distilling some of the finest spirits in the Bluegrass. They even weathered the season of Prohibition, ultimately selling off their brands and operations in the years that followed.

Generations later, Turner dove into the whiskey archives to uncover the full story and was inspired to revive the family business, with a strategic spirit substitute.

Rather than combating big bourbon business for a slice of our native spirit scene, Turner (left) partnered with Jordan Morris (right) through a serendipitous introduction by their wives, to create innovative rum products, sourced from the finest distillers around the world, finished in the finest barrels they could find. From the beginning the guiding motto of the family has been “no finer spirits can be made,” and that drives the re-birth of the tradition today.

Their first product release under the Rolling Fork Spirits brand, named for the Wathen family’s original Rolling Fork Distillery, was Fortuitous Union, the result of a happy accident, or “mermaid’s luck” as they would call it, that gave birth to a fascinating mix of rum and rye whiskey. The first release is gone and a second release is underway!

Their second product, Rolling Fork Rum, was just released in bars and liquor stores in both Louisville and Chicago. It’s a pure, four year old, Jamaican rum…and it makes the best damn daiquiri we’ve ever tasted.

Listen in on this week’s #502LeaderSeries Podcast for the full story of Rolling Fork Spirits from co-founder Turner Wathen and check out the recipe below for a REAL daiquiri that will take your in home tiki time to the next level!

Rolling Daiquiri


Fresh Squeezed Juice of Half of a Lime (est. 0.75 oz)

One Part Simple Syrup (est. 0.75 oz)

Two Parts Rolling Fork Rum (est. 1.5 oz)


Mix all ingredients into a metal shaker with ice. Shake, strain and pour! Garnish with a lime or orange peel and ENJOY!

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