Bourbon Sidecar

The original sidecar was made with brandy, but try it with bourbon – you’ll like the results. Recipe: 2oz bourbon 1/2 – 1 oz Triple Sec / Cointreau (experiment with it) 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice Serve over ice in a high-ballish style glass and enjoy. Some people like to rim the glass with sugar. … Continued

Barrel Aged Cocktails

In the never-ending arms race to top the next guy (or gal), Chicago bartenders have turned to the novel idea of aging their cocktails in barrels to deepen the flavor and increase their revenue per glass. The Chicagoist is reporting that at least one local establishment, The Violet Hour, is aging their bourbon manhattans for … Continued

Maple Bourbon Manhattan has a nice video showing the making of a Maple Bourbon Manhattan by a bartender who knows his stuff. source:

The Rooster has posted a recipe in honor of the iconic character Rooster Cogburn, made famous by John Wayne in the 1969 classic western True Grit, a film recently remade by the Coen brothers and starring Jeff Bridges in the role of Rooster. We saw the new version a couple of days ago and were impressed … Continued

Mulled Manhattan

Saw a post out there in the wild for a Mulled Manhattan and as we’re nearing Christmas and I’m still looking for something to serve on Christmas eve, thought I’d incestuously include the recipe here. Ingredients Orange slice, for muddling 1 1/4 ounces bourbon 1/2 ounce Cointreau Dash of orange bitters Two generous dashes Angostura … Continued

Newton’s Apple

Saw this cocktail recipe on a Martha Stewart site. It calls for 2 ounces of Knob Creek, which is about the best start for a cocktail that I can think of… NEWTON’S APPLE 2 ounces Knob Creek Bourbon 3/4 ounce Thatcher’s Organic Elderflower Liqueur 3/4 ounce fresh apple juice 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice Shake … Continued

When Meyer Gives You Lemons, Squeeze

The Vancouver Sun has a nice piece today on Meyer Lemons, the hybridized lemon- orange so beloved by bartenders everywhere for its sweeter juice and fragrant bouquet. It doesn’t have much to do with bourbon I’ll grant you, but it does involve mixing fine cocktails, which could include bourbon very easily, so I’m noting it … Continued

Bartender Blues: I Got the Bourbon Elbow Real Bad

Bartending has become a dangerous occupation it seems, and not just for the maudlin tales that you are forced to listen to. The NY Times had a story recently about the rise of repetitive strain injuries in the bartending profession. At higher end establishments bartenders are expected not only to mix drinks, but to put … Continued

Bourbon Eggnog

Ok, we’re coming to that time of the year when livers are taxed and belts are loosened. Here’s a recipe from which I shamelessly reprint here so I will remember it later. Do check out the Knob Creek site though… Bourbon Eggnog 6 large egg yolks ¾ cup sugar 2 ½ cups milk ½ … Continued

Flaming B-52

I am not one for sweet shooters generally, but the mention of Wild Turkey 101 made me take a look at the Fashionably Bombed site and posting for a “Flaming B-52“. The recipe calls for Kahlua, Schnapps, Baileys, and the topper: Wild Turkey 101. I spent a somewhat regrettable few minutes viewing the video posted … Continued