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Bluegrass Sundown ~ The Cocktail

13 Oct


On our recent tour of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, we visited Town Branch Distillery in Lexington. In addition to their Town Branch bourbon and Kentucky Ale beers, they also make Kentucky Sundown, a coffee flavored liquor with a bit of bourbon and sugar infused for additional layers of flavor. The back of the bottle features the recipe for a deliciously warm cocktail perfect for the rainy fall days the weatherman is predicting will come later this week.


Bluegrass Sundown ~ The Cocktail

Shake the Bluegrass Sundown well and measure out into a glass. Add the boiling water and stir. Tilt the back of a spoon touching the liquid and gently pour the heavy cream over the spoon. This allows the cream to float on the top. As you drink, the hot mixture will flow through the cold…

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Stormy Weather

12 Oct

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Last week I discussed my fermented ginger beer, Stormy. He’s a good kid. Works hard, usually stays out of trouble. Now, while I’m a huge ginger fan, I know a lot of people aren’t. Therefore, when I sit down and pop a bottle of Stormy and start enjoying it’s ambient spice and subtle complexities, I don’t really get a lot of takers on joining me. The reason is rather obvious to me, traditionally ginger beer is used as a mixer and not poured for its own sake.

If you’re one of those folks that views ginger as a vehicle, I don’t hold it against you. Ginger is a great multipurpose tool and it should be enjoyed as such. I’m not one of those uppity types that’s going to tell you how best to enjoy a ginger beer, just like I won’t tell you whether to order bone-in or boneless hot…

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Seasonal Sips: Bourbon Black Betty

12 Oct

Don’t put your barbecue away just yet – toss some apple slices on the grill for this bourbon-based cocktail.

Related – more Seasonal Sips

Grilled apple and rhubarb preserve are muddled together, then shaken with bourbon, vermouth and bitters in the Bourbon Black Betty.




Muddle grilled apple and rhubarb preserve in a mixing glass; add the rest of the ingredients, shake vigorously, then double strain into a chilled old fashioned glass.

Garnish with a grilled apple fan (optional).


Make your own rhubarb preserve – Punk Domestics has several tasty looking recipes and Well Preserved shares a recipe for Stewed Rhubarb.

Source: Lisa Kadane/Calgary Herald
Recipe courtesy Christina Mah, Barmetrix
Photo credits:
Bourbon from Maker’s Mark; vermouth from Cinzano Rosso
Bitters from Angostura
Other ingredients from

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Whiskey: Wild Thanksgiving

12 Oct

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From Wild Turkey promoting Thanksgiving 2013.

Wild Thanksgiving

  • 1.5 oz. Wild Turkey 81
  • 1 oz. Applejack (or other apple Brandy)
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.



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drink: Valencia Orange Bourbon Apple Cider

12 Oct

thought i might suggest...

Valencia Orange Bourbon Apple Cider


A great way to keep warm during the impending cooler weather, is with a warm bowl of soup, but a more fun way to instantly warm up is with alcohol. Even on the rocks, bourbon can shoot through your veins and give you an instant warm feeling. The only dilemma is I’m not really a fan of drinking bourbon straight. Although you can’t compare the two, this drink recipe mixes apples and oranges in to a fruity, sweet, and tart autumn drink. The recipe for the drink can be found here. Bottoms up! Just thought I would suggest…

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Basil and Peach Bourbon Fizz

12 Oct


After a Bourbon Series, I think it might be appropriate to show you at least one way I enjoy my bourbon. I especially like that it incorporates the seasonal ingredients of peaches and basil. Don’t be put off by crushing the peach. It only takes a minute and having the smoothness is essential to me. I don’t like chunky drinks. I do like this though! And you will too. Promise.


Basil and Peach Bourbon Fizz (inspired by this recipe)

Pit the peach and press it through a small screened strainer or a Foley mill. Muddle the basil leaves and the peach together. Add the bourbon, simple syrup, and ice. Top with Sprite. Garnish with a basil leaf. Makes one cocktail.

Other bourbon recipes you may like-

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A Good Old-Fashioned Controversy

12 Oct


Today’s post starts with a bit of cocktail history, as in my personal history with cocktails. I first started training to be a bartender when I was 19. I was hostessing at an old-school, Italian family owned seafood joint on the pier in Santa Cruz my sophomore year of college. The hostess stand was right next to the bar, so I ended up talking to the bartenders a lot. There was a bartender named Dave, who was the embodiment of the quintessential bartender: early 50’s, handsome yet a little grizzled, comforting and ready to listen, but didn’t take guff from anyone, could tell you the history of every drink he made while giving you solid life advice. At some point I realized that I wanted to be him when I grew up, and became obsessed with the idea of becoming a bartender. Since I wasn’t 21, technically I wasn’t allowed…

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