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Now That It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month, Let’s Celebrate!

In case you didn’t know, by an act of Congress in 2007, September was declared National Bourbon Heritage Month. So we here at Brooks Grain are pretty excited when the calendar turns. This year, we encourage you to celebrate our favorite historic spirit with a tour and a new take on whiskey.

No matter the intention of Congress ten years ago, September has become synonymous with whiskey. Distillers roll out their newest whiskies. Festivals abound. So why not take advantage, right? One of the best ways we can think of observing such an occasion is by touring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Here’s a list we found years ago and tried ourselves. This list is by no mean comprehensive, but it certainly offers five places worth your time if you’re able to make the pilgrimage.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail


526 HAPPY HOLLOW ROAD, CLERMONT, (502) 543-9877:

  • Now offering a comprehensive tour of its distillery to the public. There’s a basic guided tour and a VIP experience, which lasts all day and includes a bourbon-themed lunch.


401 CROSS STREET, LEXINGTON, (859) 255-2337:

  • There’s an hour-long tour split between the distillery and its sister brewery. And after you taste some whiskey, you can also try the house beers, like the cask-aged Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, which is an absolute YUM!


1224 BONDS MILL ROAD, LAWRENCEBURG, (502) 839-3436:

  • Historic exhibits and a complimentary, that’s right… complimentary, one-hour tour. Oh, and travelers can slake their thirst at two different bars pouring samples of the brand’s delicious bourbons. If you’re a super-fan, you can stop by the Four Roses warehouse and bottling plant near Bardstown by appointment.


528 WEST MAIN STREET, LOUISVILLE, (502) 584-2114:

  • The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is located in downtown Louisville on the city’s old Whiskey Row, where it boasts two stills, a fermenter and a mash cooker, as well as exhibits, two tasting rooms and a shop.



  • Just off the beaten path of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail you can find the gorgeous grounds of Buffalo Trace. This distillery was even declared a National Historic Landmark, and there’s a tour focusing on buildings, architecture and history. The facility also added a new Bourbon Barrel Tour, which follows casks from their arrival and filling until they’re dumped. That brings the total number of tours available to five—all are free, but anything beyond the basic tour requires advance reservations.

And While You’re Out… Try a Pumpkin Old Fashioned

People may think fall was made for Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, but this is just as worthy an autumn drink. It’s a delightful pumpkin cocktail, and it even requires no muddling, which makes it easier to mix up than the classic Old-Fashioned. The Finch’s Pumpkin Old-Fashioned is a simple mix of bourbon and Grand Marnier with pumpkin puree and maple syrup. You can easily make your own puree just like they do at Finch, and a fresh puree makes this drink really special and tasty.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 ounce maple syrup
  • Orange peel twist or rosemary sprig for garnish

How to Make It:

  1. Combine pumpkin puree, bourbon, syrup, Grand Marnier and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with a rosemary sprig or orange peel.

Need more whiskey recipes to complete your tour? Check out Brooks Grain’s favorite recipes here.

A great article from the New York Times on the evolving popularity of Rye Bread.

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Rye is one of the healthiest grains on the planet offering a number of great benefits for the body such as aiding in digestion, weight control, and reducing the risks of high blood pressure and heart attacks. Rye may not be the first ingredient people think of when creating tasty recipes, but these recipes are sure to please even the toughest of critics.

Rye Berry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette   

This refreshing rye berry salad is a great addition to any summer cookout.

IngredientsWhole Grain Recipes

3 cups water

1 cup hot water

1 cup uncooked rye berries

3 tablespoons dried currants or raisins

¼ cup fresh parsley chopped

1 ½ cups finely chopped celery

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¾ teaspoon salt, divided

¼ cup finely chopped shallots

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

1 tablespoon grated orange rind

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons Champagne vinegar or white vinegar


  • Combine rye berries and 3 cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. Drain.
  • Mix 1 cup hot water and currants or raisins in small bowl and let stand for 30 minutes. Drain.
  • Combine currants or raisins, rye berries, parsley, celery, and ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper.
  • Combine shallots, ¼ teaspoon salt, juice, rind, and vinegar in a small bowl and stir well. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Stir in oil with a whisk. Pour shallot mix over rye mix and toss to coat.

See the full recipe here.

Violet Bakery Rye Brownies

Melissa Clark

Rye may not be the first ingredient you think of when baking brownies, but the rye flour in these moist brownies does an excellent job of enhancing the flavor of these chocolatey treats. The perfect ending to an outdoor BBQ,

IngredientsWhole Grain Recipes

11 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into ½-inch cubes

1 ½ cups whole grain rye flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

10 ½ ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

4 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon flaky sea salt (for sprinkling on top)


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9-by-13 baking pan.
  • Using double boiler melt the butter and chocolate, stir with heatproof rubber spatula. Let cool. If you don’t have a double boiler, set a metal bowl over a saucepan with 1 inch of simmer water, making sure bowl doesn’t touch the water.
  • In separate bowl whisk together rye flour, baking powder, cocoa, and sea salt.
  • Using electric mixer, beat eggs, brown and granulated sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate mixture until smooth. Beat in flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle flaky sea salt on top.
  • Bake until brownies are mostly firm, but with a slight wobble in center, about 25 minutes. Cool completely and serve.

View the complete recipe here.

Dark Rye Bread


There’s nothing better than a warm loaf of bread. This easy rye bread recipe is made with a bread maker. Simple, delicious, and goes great with any meal.

IngredientsWhole Grain Recipes

1 1/8 cups water

1 ½ cups rye flour

2 tablespoons molasses

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa power

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon caraway seed

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons bread machine yeast


  • Place all ingredients in pan of bread machine. Follow recommendations of manufacturer.
  • Select basic cycle, and press start!

View the full recipe here.

Looking for more recipes? Check out these tasty whiskey glazes perfect for summer grilling!

BBQ season has arrived.

It’s time to get outside, fire up the grill, and enjoy the warm summer weather.

If you’re ready to experiment and bring a whole new world of flavor to your backyard BBQ, check out these three delicious whiskey glazes for summer grilling.





Mouthwatering whiskey Grill Glaze

By Kelly Gasparini

This glaze is packed full of flavor and goes perfectly with ribs, pork, steak, chicken, or fish.


1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

1 tablespoon garlic powder

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 cubes beef bouillon

½ cup rye whiskey

1 cup pineapple juice

2 cups packed brown sugar


Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.


Bourbon Glazed Salmon

By Esther Maples

A tasty glaze that is sure to please everyone, including those who claim they don’t like salmon.


3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons bourbon

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets

¼ cup thinly sliced green onions

Cooking spray

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Combine brown sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, ginger, lime juice, garlic, and black pepper in a large plastic bag (zip top). Add the fish, seal, and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 ½ hours. After the salmon is grilled, sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds (optional).


Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

By Kevin

This insanely delicious BBQ Sauce goes great with everything. Be sure to let it sit overnight in the refrigerator for ultimate flavor.


1/2 onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup whiskey

1/4 cup tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/3 cup cider vinegar

2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (to taste)


Combine garlic, onion, and whiskey in large skillet over medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix in remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, and then reduce to medium-low simmering for 20 minutes. If you want smoother sauce, run through a strainer.

Want more whiskey? Check out our great whiskey cocktail recipes.


Inspired by the success of flavored vodkas, flavored whiskeys are filling the shelves and making a big impression on the spirit world. While not all flavored whiskeys are worthy of gracing your glass, these 5 whiskeys may be worth a taste.

Knob Creek Smoked Maple

Made with original Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the bourbon comes first in this full-bodied drink followed by the natural flavors of maple, caramel and vanilla. Introduced in 2013, this 90 proof spirit is said to be aged for a 9 full years and might be interesting to use in classic cocktails.

Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Whiskey

Pow-Wow Botanical Rye is unique for its herbal flavoring and the Georgetown Trading Company, the owner of the brand, says the recipe is a special combination of early European distilling practices and New World herbal recipes. A few sips will reveal an herbal, spicy rye that features orange peel, saffron, and a variety of other botanical flavors. This may be worth an experimental cocktail or two.

Red Stag Black Cherry

Brought to you courtesy of Jim Beam, this spirit maintains its traditional bourbon oak flavor infused with black cherry as well as notes of vanilla and caramel. Jim Beam suggests mixing this tasty bourbon with cola or lemonade, whipping up a margarita, or trying a Red Stag Half & Half.

William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Whiskey

This bourbon is unusual for both its taste and the fact that it is made with a blend of US imported bourbon whiskey and an infusion of pecan distillate from Holland. Suggested cocktails include the William Wolf Pecan Side Car, William Wolf Sour, and William Wolf Banana Mint Julep.

Sons of Liberty Hop Flavored Whiskey

This Hop Flavored Whiskey has a floral aroma and a light oak and caramel taste with notes of grapefruit and lemon. According to Sons of Liberty;

“This whiskey started its life as an IPA. After retaining the IPA flavors through distillation we aged the whiskey in American oak barrels. Once the aging process was complete, we finished the whiskey by dry hopping with Citra and Sorachi Ace hops for bright and complementary floral tones.”

Their recommended cocktails are a Hop Whiskey Tonic and a Hopped Negroni.

Looking for delicious whiskey recipes? Click here to browse through our tasty collection.


Rye is a crop that shows up in so many of our products today. It is an essential ingredient for cereals, breads and of course, whiskey. It has been around since ancient times, and still today helps to feed the world. Rye grain suppliers in the U.S. want to provide quality grain services in order to keep the production of food and beverage moving forward. Whiskey is made primarily from rye grains and as a whiskey connoisseur, most would want to be aware of the health benefits that come from consuming rye.

  1. Promotes Weight Loss
    Rye is known as the number one grain for helping in weight loss efforts. The type of fiber that is found in rye makes a person feel full sooner than other grains. This removes the issue many people have with diets… hunger. By minimizing your appetite, the urge to eat more food is also reduced, leading to less caloric intake and causing greater potential weight loss. Plus, whiskey is a low-calorie alcohol, giving you an option to drink even when on a diet.
  1. Helps Digestion
    Just as the fibers mentioned above help with weight loss, they also assist with the digestion process. The fiber loosens up blockage, and removes gas and discomfort caused by digestion issues. Freeing you up to do what you need to get done.
  1. Diabetic Approved
    Since rye and whiskey contain no carbohydrates; they won’t impact your blood sugar levels like wheat products can. This makes whiskey the top alcoholic choice for people with diabetes. Though you should consult your doctor before drinking, regardless.
  1. Reduce Cancer Risks
    Whiskey contains antioxidants called ellagic acid from the rye grains. This is an acid that prevents DNA from making contact with cancer-causing cells. Rye grain suppliers have been very encouraged by the continued research done on the grain, finding more and more positive links to cancer prevention.
  1. Heart Healthy
    Adding rye into your diet regularly can help those who suffer from high blood pressure. It is the combination of the fibers, vitamins and minerals that all play a role in lowering the blood pressure. In return, this leads to a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots.

Rye merchants that supply quality rye grains know that the health benefits that are naturally built into the grain reflect the same outcome when it comes to using the grain to make whiskey. So when you are enjoying your glass of premium whiskey, just know that it is doing more for you than just tasting good.

The holidays are upon us which means a few drinks may be in order.

Regardless of whether you are entertaining or just trying to make it through that awkward family dinner, you can never go wrong with a little rye whiskey. Need a few drink ideas? Check out the delicious options below.

Cadet Punch

When most people think of punch, they think of their high-school prom or uncomfortable office parties. Cadet Punch steps it up a notch bringing punch to a whole new level. This tasty drink includes oleo-saccharum (magical sugar), Angostura bitters, and of course, a bottle of rye whiskey. You can view this sophisticated punch recipe here.

Mott and Mulberry

This elevated apple cider, created by Leo Robitschek, is richness, spice, and sweet all rolled into one. Ingredients include apple cider, rye whiskey, Demarara, and lemon. Sound amazing? Check out the full recipe here.


Are you a fan of maple syrup? If so, this sweet cocktail brought to you by Erik Adkins will be sure to tickle your fancy. Made with rye whiskey, maple syrup, egg white, and Angostura bitters, this drink is perfect for anyone who is partial to the Sours family. Find out how to make the Filibuster here.

Rye and Ginger Hot Toddy

If you are looking for something warm this holiday season, try pairing this soothing drink with some cookies or other scrumptious treats. Also great as a night-cap, this hot toddy is made with rye whiskey, ginger, and honey. The complete recipe can be found here.

Hot Buttered Rye

With the holidays comes colder weather, but this creamy drink will keep you happy and toasty inside by the fire. The main ingredients are rye whiskey, maple syrup, heavy cream, and nutmeg. Interested? Take a look at the full recipe here.

Best Book Roundup of 2015

There is nothing better than learning more about the things you love. If all things rye and delicious drinks come in at the top of your list, these fun, informative books from 2015 are definitely worth a look.

Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey

If you are curious to know how bourbon came into existence and why it is rising in popularity, this is the book for you. Bourbon Empire, written by Reid Mitenbuler, takes readers on a journey through the past and explores how whiskey and its industry influenced America.

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker

Fred Minnick, a Wall Street Journal-best-selling author, let’s you in on the truth surrounding bourbon myths and offers a detailed tasting guide that is sure to assist even the savviest of drinkers when it comes to selecting the perfect bourbon. Also included are details about distillery production methods, and best of all, recipes.

Bourbon Mixology: 50 Bourbon Cocktails from 50 Iconic Bars (Volume 2)

Author Steve Akley shares 53 tasty bourbon cocktails from over 50 different iconic bars in the United States. Signature cocktail recipes provided by some of the most well-known drinking establishments in the US fill the pages including; Bourbons Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky, Buckhorn Exchange in Denver, Colorado, and Hard Water in San Francisco, California.

American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit

This handy book, written by Clay Risen, offers you a look into a number of distilleries and brands using a comprehensive A-to-Z guide. Each individual section includes the maker’s history, location, bottling information as well as details about color, palate, age, price, and proof. Seeing as this is the second addition, readers will be happy to take in over 300 featured whiskeys and over 100 new entries.

Whiskey: A guide to the Most Common Whiskeys, and How to Know the Difference between the Good, Bad and the Ugly

Written by Tadio Diller, this book is packed full of useful information and recipes for both beginners and seasoned whiskey drinkers. Inside you will find a brief history, interesting facts, and details about the different types of whiskey. You can also find tips for judging a good whiskey and learn how to tell when you have encountered an imposter.

Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life

Brought to you by Heather Greene, this is a great book for those just beginning to explore the wonderful world of whiskey. She responds to those nagging questions that no one else ever seems to answer while mixing new research with engaging visuals to produce an encouraging, easy to read guide.

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose

Who doesn’t like a good scratch and sniff book? Written by Richard Betts, this may do well as a novelty gift for whiskey lovers or a conversation piece although it does contain some good basic information. As an added bonus, it contains a fold out wheel that categorizes and ranks a large variety of whiskeys you may encounter.

Christmas is almost upon us once again and what better way to celebrate the holiday season than with some delicious Christmas fare? Why not go a step further and incorporate rye into some amazingly tasty and unique recipes that will be guaranteed to wow your family and friends this year?

Don’t pack on the pounds on this Christmas! By eating rye, which is known for its low GI content, meaning you feel fuller for longer, you will be inclined to eat less and thus be less likely to put on the dreaded Christmas weight. In addition, rye is also high in fiber and nutrients, such as manganese, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid and magnesium. Being a delicious and healthy alternative, what’s not to love about rye?


Christmas Cookies: Christmas would not be complete without at least a dozen Christmas cookies and a few to leave out for Santa. Check out Heidi Swanson’s recipe for Swedish cut-out cookies which call for rye flour. They are a slightly different take on the traditional Christmas cookie that we’re used to, but even more delicious!

Holiday Cake: We all know how 99.9% (our personal percentage estimate!) of people can’t stand Christmas fruit cake – no one can dispute this fact! So, why torture your guests with this most hated holiday specialty? Why not offer them a versatile alternative which can be eaten as a savory or sweet? We promise this Malted Chocolate Rye Cake from Good food stories will be a huge favorite this holiday for you! Have a look at the recipe here: Malted Chocolate Rye Cake!

Rye Whiskey Drinks: When it’s cold outside, there is nothing better than to partake in a rye whiskey in front of the fireplace that will warm you from the inside out. In fact, why not try making a Hot Toddy with Rye Whiskey! We found a great recipe at that apparently will “rock your face off!” … with your favorite Rye Whiskey added and a cocktail title like that, how can you go wrong with this drink! You can find the “Rock Your Face Off Hot Toddy” drink recipe here: Hot Toddy from Recipe

Cheers to Rye and the holiday season!

Bourbon is as classic as it gets. The unique taste of the drink emerges from the grains used in making it, the aging process, the char on the barrel used for storing, humidity, temperature, and many other factors. What if it was possible to make a craft bourbon, where the customer can control right from the grains used in making the liquor, to the process of proofing, and everything in between? Wouldn’t it be simply marvelous? This is exactly what the new online tool from Buffalo Trace Distillery allows people to do with their “Craft Your Perfect Bourbon” Program.

It starts from the grains itself. Shoppers (or dare we say distillers) can choose from corn, rye, barley and wheat to make their favorite bourbon. However, it is essential that they keep the percentage of corn to a minimum of 51%, if they are looking to make a bourbon. The tool also tells the effect each type of grain will have on the taste of the final product, so that the users can take their pick accordingly.

Shoppers have complete control, and no step in the Bourbon making process is left out. Processes such as milling the grains, cooking them with pure Kentucky limestone water, fermenting the sweet and sour mash, and distilling the whiskey are also included. These are information intensive steps, where the user does not necessarily do anything actively. But, these steps definitely teach a great deal about the excellent quality liquor they will be consuming soon.

Then there is the fun step of charring the barrels in which the concoction will be stored. Now, the char on the barrel lends the bourbon a deep, rich flavor, and the overtones of burnt caramel. Then there is the choice of the time period for which to age the liquor. With time, the taste of the bourbon changes dramatically. Then the tool takes the user to the warehousing options available and also sheds light on the kind of effect the various factors, be it temperature, humidity or anything else, would have on the flavor of the bourbon. Then, of course, there is the aging and there is an option to choose from zero to as long as twenty three years. Not only this, it will also tell you the corresponding change in the taste of the liquor as the time increases.

Once the shoppers picked their choice blend of bourbon, they now have the option to proof it as they like. The step would let them dilute the concentrate to suit their style from bold to robust to smooth to mellow.
At the end of the ride, the results of the process would be displayed. This would include a detailed flavor profile of the finished bourbon and the time by which it would be ready if it was blended today. What’s more? Customers can actually get a suggestion for an existing bourbon that matches their requirements. This is the dream!

What would your perfect craft Bourbon be?

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**