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Road Trip To Bourbon Country!

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Summer is coming … and it’s the perfect time to do road trips! One of our favorite road trips is of course through Kentucky Bourbon Country! There are so many ways to enjoy the Kentucky Countryside; by bike, motorcyle, tour service, horse back (we’ve heard it can be done!) and by your own automobile. A great place to start for your Kentucky Bourbon Trail Trip is here: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

In the meantime – here are 3 distilleries with interesting beginnings that you’ll see when planning your next Bourbon Country road trip through Kentucky!

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey
Around 1987, Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr., completed his lifelong dream of recreating an old family bourbon recipe and started the Bulleit Distilling Company. Influenced by his great-great-grandfather Augustus Bulleit, who created a high-rye whiskey around 1830-1860. Tom ceased his successful law practice and risked everything he had to experience life on the frontier.
A tavern owner in 1830s Louisville, Kentucky, Augustus Bulleit was dedicated to one goal: the making of a bourbon unique in taste. After experimenting with numerous varieties in small-batch trials, he at last came upon a bourbon with the flavor he had long sought after.
One eventful day, while transporting his containers of bourbon from Kentucky to New Orleans, Augustus Bulleit completely vanished. What happened is still not fully known, and his creation almost disappeared into history along with him.

Soon after the Prohibition era ended around 1933, Heaven Hill Brands, was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to create and sell Bourbon and high quality American whiskeys. At the time, it was a brand new business venture as the dot com start-ups of the 1990’s — a business created with no type of brands, no accessible stocks of whiskey, and at the height of the American Great Depression. Currently, the company is one of the biggest independent, family-owned and operated maker and seller of distilled spirits in the United States. According to expert analysts, Heaven Hill is currently the seventh biggest spirits producer in the United States and the second biggest holder of aging Bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of around 1,000,000 barrels.
In stark contrast to the ever changing and ever-consolidating spirits industry, Heaven Hill is still fiercely independent, led by the steady hands of the Shapira family. The business is dedicated to creating long-term relationships with their customers in order to build even stronger brands and implement consistent, effective programming. Independence, premium quality and integrity; all perfectly describe Heaven Hill Brands, a business committed to creating and selling the highest quality spirits products across the world.

Four Roses Bourbon
Around 1884, Paul Jones Jr moved his successful business to Louisville, Kentucky, where he opened a new office in a part of the historic Main Street known as “Whiskey Row”. Four years later, he then trademarked the name Four Roses, claiming all production and sales back into the 1860s. In 1922, the Paul Jones Co. purchased the Frankfort Distilling Co. all according to Paul’s passionate direction and great business sense, sales of the Bourbon amplified and Four Roses grew to become a preeminent brand.
The workers at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ky. and at the warehouse in Cox’s Creek, Ky. keep the on-going legacy of Paul Jones, Jr. Their love for quality and their delight in handcrafting an award winning Bourbon is indisputable in the smooth, mellow taste that is the signature of the Four Roses brand.

We’d love to hear how your trip through the Bourbon Trail was! Let us know on Twitter or Facebook! We love to see photos!

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**