In celebrating "National Liqueur Day" on October 16th, let's get to know a little more about that classification of alcohol - Liqueurs, also known as 'Cordials', which is the more widely used term in Europe. 'Liqueur' is used in the USA. The basic definition of a liqueur or cordial is "a sweet and syrupy product made from a base spirit, i.e. vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and brandy. It is made by infusing fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and other naturally occurring products in the environment into a base spirit, therefore, lowering the alcohol content during distillation.
As Bourbon Heritage Month comes to a close, this will be my final post on the subject. I'm sure many of you are ready to move on to other exciting things. Today, I am giving you my top 5 favorite bourbon cocktails (in no particular order) with tasting notes along with my favorite brands with pricing and category classification (call (very good) vs. premium (high-end/expensive) vs. ultra/super-premium (top of the line/very expensive)). Pricing as of September 26, 2014. Some of these you may not be able to get your hands in PA.
A post to end the week as a part of the continuing series of the obscure and mysterious cocktails that involve misunderstood, American spirit - Bourbon. Look for more posts like this in the coming weeks and the celebration of Vodka and Liqueurs/Cordials in October. Don't forget to follow me on facebook, twitter, and google plus for all posts and the happenings at 'Raise Your Spirits'.
Flavor Profile: Minty, Sweet
Enjoy these great contemporary bourbon cocktails in celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month. Try one at home or let 'Raise Your Spirits' mix one up for you at your next scheduled event or party this season. Who said that bourbon can't be appealing in a cocktail? For those of you who don't like bourbon, these concoctions will change your mind and are perfect for the cool, Fall weather. Tender Knob pictured above.
Flavor Profile: Fruity/Citrus-forward, Sweet
I realize not everyone is interested in planning a cocktail party. Let's face it - it's a lot of work, takes a lot of time, can be an expensive proposition, and where to start. In this day and age, you don't have to be celebrating a special occasion to justify hosting a cocktail party or planning one at another venue. A party brings family, friends, and co-workers together, especially over the holidays or in the middle of winter when life slows down and everyone needs a little pick me up to escape those dreaded winter blues. It's a change of pace from the norm and can be really fun.
In August of 2007 the United States Senate declared that September be recognized as National Bourbon Heritage Month. While this may not have much impact with the average consumer, it is an honor for the craftsmen in the bourbon industry. The designation is designed to celebrate "America's Native Spirit" and the significant historical, economical and industrial role the bourbon industry has played in the country's history.
The classic usually calls for a blended or rye whiskey, but I prefer it with bourbon.
- 2.5 oz Maker's Mark bourbon or high quality/call bourbon
- 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
- 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Prep - Fill a mixing glass with ice halfway. Add ingredients. Stir gently for about 20 seconds each direction. Strain using a Julep Strainer into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish A stemmed cherry or lemon twist.
In August, 2007 the United States Senate declared that September be recognized as National Bourbon Heritage Month. While this may not have much impact with the average consumer, it is an honor for the craftsmen in the bourbon industry. The designation is designed to celebrate "America's Native Spirit" and the significant historical, economical and industrial role the bourbon industry has played in the country's history.
This post is honoring the classic wedding drink, the "Whiskey Sour", which is officially celebrated on August 25th. The Whiskey Sour is probably the most popular of all the sour drinks and rightfully so, it is a great cocktail when prepared and mixed correctly. It is sour, yes, but the sweetness and smokiness of some whiskeys along with fresh lemon juice or fresh lemon sour, and optional simple syrup, tend to offset and certainly compliment the tartness of the drink.