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    14th Annual Conference & Expo
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    Orange Manhattan

    Christmas Burwell Manhattan

    These are great…actually one of the house fav’s.

    Here is what you will need

    • cocktail shaker
    • ice
    • dash of sweet vermouth
    • 1.5 oz bourbon whiskey
    • 1.5 oz Cointreau
    • dash orange bitters
    • dash maraschino cherry juice
    • 1 maraschino cherry, to garnish – well, make it 2

    Mitch Morgan


    The Mitch Morgan

    -One shot of bourbon;

    -One-half slice of cooked bacon;

    -Combine ingredients, enjoy.

    Yep.  That’s it.  The smoky bacon pairs wonderfully with the wood in the bourbon and makes a delicious garnish, and its fat cuts the bite of the alcohol with ease.  Put them together and you’ve found the perfect way to stay warm this winter.

    The drink originates from Telluride, Colorado, specifically a BBQ and Bourbon joint called “Oak…The New Fat Alley.”  Telluride makes sense for this cocktails’ birthplace: know for cold, snow and mountains, the one-time silver mining camp has emerged as a destination ski resort town.  The Mitch Morgan speaks to the town’s hardscrabble roots (it’s easy to see a drink like this counting as breakfast for a miner) and it’s foodie/ski resort present.

    One thing, however, is certain: The Mitch Morgan will warm your belly and put a smile on your face at the same time.  Time to stock up on ingredients before the snow cuts you off from the store.

    Mint Julep

    Mint julep

    4 cups bourbon
    2 bunches fresh spearmint
    1 cup distilled water
    1 cup granulated sugar
    Powdered sugar

    To prepare mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves. Wash and place in a small bowl. Cover with 3 ounces bourbon. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in paper toweling. Thoroughly wring the mint over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times.

    To prepare simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

    To prepare mint julep mixture, pour 3 1/2 cups of bourbon into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the bourbon.

    Now begin adding the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste-generally about 3 tablespoons. When you think it’s right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to “marry” the flavors.

    To serve the julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) 1/2 full with shaved ice. Insert a spring of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1-inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.

    When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice.

    Serve immediately.

    Manhattan Italiano

    Manhattan Italiano

    2 ounces bourbon reserve
    1/2 once Tuaca
    1/2 ounce triple sec
    6 dashes of Orange bitters
    1/2 ounce of white sweet vermouth


    Dark and Bloody Bourbon Mary

    Bloody Mary

    Dark and Bloody Bourbon Mary

    1 teaspoon salt / pepper / paprika mix
    2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon
    2 large lemon wedges
    1 tablespoon Bourbon Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce
    1 can (6 ounces) campbell’s tomato juice

    Blackberry Soda


    Blackberry Soda

    1.5 oz Ole Smokey Blackberry Moonshine
    top off with soda water on ice

    Rye Rocks

    Rye Rocks

    Locate your favorite whiskey glass
    add ice
    pour Rye


    Bourbon Iced Tea

    Rye Iced Tea
    • 3 cups fresh blackberries
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus mint sprigs for garnish
    • 6 good-quality black tea bags

    Good-quality bourbon

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    Bourbon Burger

    Rye Burger

    Burger Patties and Cheese:
    30 ounces ground chuck (20 percent fat)
    2 1/2 tablespoons bourbon (recommended: Bulleit brand)
    1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
    30 grinds fresh black pepper
    6 ounces Dubliner cheese (Kerrygold brand), thinly sliced and divided into 6 (1-ounce) servings

    Sauteed Onions:
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter (European style)
    1 large Vidalia onion, halved (through the core) and thinly sliced (1/4-inch)
    1/4 teaspoon table salt
    8 grinds fresh black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 cup bourbon (recommended: Bulleit brand)

    Brioche hamburger-sized buns, halved
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter (European style), at room temperature

    Rye Sour

    Bourbon Sour

    2 oz bourbon whiskey
    1 oz lemon juice
    1/2 tsp superfine sugar
    1 slice orange
    1 maraschino cherry

    Bourbon on the Rocks


    The Plan

    Find a good bourbon
    Select your favorite glass from your bar
    Drop in a couple of cubes
    Pour over ice



    Classic Manhattan


    3/4 oz sweet vermouth
    2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
    1 dash  bitters
    1 maraschino cherry
    1 twist orange peel

    Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 – 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir or shake gently so you won’t cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry.

    Perfect Manhattan


    2 oz blended whiskey
    1/2 oz sweet vermouth
    1/2 oz dry vermouth
    1 dash bitters

    Shake with ice to chill, pour into a low ball cocktail glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.


    Cara’s Feature


    750 JB White
    1 can Concentrated OJ (Do not add water)
    1 can Concentrated Limeade or Lemonade (Do not add water)
    1 jar Maraschino Cherries. (I use DK Michigan Cherry since I don’t care for the Cherries)
    2 Ltr Lemon-Lime Soda

    Blend all ingredients together-place in freezer minimum 24 hrs.

    **Once you remove from freezer, stir mixture from the bottom. Slight separation may have occurred during the freezing**