Winter

William Faulkner’s Hot Toddy

William Faulkner is one of those great 20th century Southern authors who always kept a bottle nearby. Did the whiskey unlock his genius? Or did his genius drive him to drink, to the point of alcohol addiction? We will never…

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Double Cider-Bourbon Punch

  INGREDIENTS 4 cups apple cider 3 12-ounce bottles hard apple cider 2 12-ounce bottles ginger beer 2 cups seltzer 3 cups bourbon (From one 750 ml bottle; I used Maker’s Mark) Juice of 1 lemon Large apple for garnish…

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Woodford Reserve Butterscotch Manhattan

  Several years back I was invited to Woodford Reserve’s Manhattan Experience, a competition co-sponsored by the bourbon and Esquire magazine that was held at the Kentucky Derby Museum. While the judges sampled variations on the Manhattan mixed by the…

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Vanilla Bean-Bourbon Champagne Cocktail

This festive cocktail was created by Marianne Barnes, then-master taster at Brown-Forman, for a bourbon dinner at Varanese in Louisville. I liked it so much I asked for the recipe. While Marianne’s instructions called for simple syrup and Woodford Reserve barrel-aged…

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The Valentine

Last night I spent some time playing around with ingredients for a Valentine’s Day cocktail. I knew that I wanted to use bourbon, of course, and I settled on Four Roses Single Barrel, which has a bit of a bite…

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Bourbon & Branch’s Revolver

In my resolutions for bourbon lovers earlier this month, I encouraged you to try out one (or more) of the flavored bitters on the market. Last night I followed my own advice. A quick search on the Google for a recipe…

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Bourbon Bliss

Before the holiday hullabaloo set in, my husband and I spent a lovely, relaxing weekend at West Baden Springs Hotel in West Baden Springs, Ind. Its fantastic domed atrium, shown above, was called “the Eighth Wonder of the World” when…

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Four Roses Commonwealth Punch

For a potluck yesterday, I decided to make the wonderful punch that was served at the Bourbon Women Association’s recent shopping event at the Liquor Barn at Springhurst. It involves a little advance preparation – you have to allow an…

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(Mostly) Bill Samuels Manhattan

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a bourbon tasting with Maker’s Mark’s Bill Samuels Jr. At the end of the evening, he shared the recipe for his take on the Manhattan, and now I’m sharing it with you:  The Bill Samuels Manhattan 4…

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Proof on Main’s Darkened Manhattan

A classic Manhattan consists of bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters, shaken with ice, strained into a chilled cocktail glass and garnished with a cherry. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But as fans of classical music will tell…

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