Shot of Trivia


McDonald’s Spirit of Kentucky Burger

Proof: 0 (sauce contains no alcohol) Age statement: none (but hopefully fewer than 10 minutes) Suggested retail price: $4.99 (value meal, $6.99) The story: Evidence of bourbon’s popularity continues with McDonald’s attempt to cash in, the limited-edition Spirit of Kentucky…

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Julep cup Wakefield-Searce

A history of julep cups

It’s Kentucky Derby week in Louisville, Ky., which means we’re hearing a lot about mint juleps. Contents aside, what makes this drink stand out is the distinctive cup in which it is traditionally served. Wakefield-Searce Galleries in Shelbyville, Ky., has…

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The return of I.W. Harper

Diageo is bringing the I.W. Harper brand back to the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years this month (it has been available only in Asia) with the release of I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and…

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Volare's Chef Josh Moore and bartender Isaac Fox

Manhattan, sure; but a Brooklyn?

We’re all familiar with the Manhattan – but did you know there were cocktails named for all the New York boroughs? I didn’t until I attended The Bourbon Classic last Friday and sampled a Brooklyn mixed by Volare’s Isaac Fox,…

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81st anniversary of the 18th Amendment

Friday, Dec. 5, is a special day in the bourbon world: It’s the 81st anniversary of Repeal Day. On that day, the 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and ending Prohibition. It’s interesting to note that the 18th…

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A rising tide of bourbon

Production levels of bourbon in Kentucky have risen 53 percent in the last two years and 150 percent in the last 15 years. That’s something to be thankful for! Tomorrow: Which bourbons to pair with your Thanksgiving feast. Source: 2014…

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Bourbon Festival: From small dinner to big deal

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which runs today through Sunday in Bardstown, began in 1992 as a small bourbon tasting and dinner. Last year, approximately 52,000 people from 46 states and 15 countries gathered in “the Bourbon Capital of the World”…

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History of the cocktail shaker

The three-part metal cocktail shaker with a built-in strainer and cap that we use today was patented in 1884 by one Edward Hauck of Brooklyn. It came to be known as “the cobbler shaker” after the sherry cobbler, a popular…

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