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RECENT COCKTAILS: OCTOBER 17, 2012
Rye, Apple brandy, Fernet Branca, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon syrup, Lemon juice
OCTOBER 16, 2012
Light rum, Maraschino Liqueur, Grapefruit bitters, Lime juice, Orange juice, Simple syrup
Rye, Calvados, Sweet vermouth, Fernet Branca, Maraschino Liqueur, Bitters
OCTOBER 14, 2012
Gold rum, Campari, Passion fruit syrup, Lime juice
Gold rum, Falernum, Virgin Islands Rum, Lime juice
OCTOBER 13, 2012
Aquavit, Herbal liqueur, Aperol, Lime juice
OCTOBER 12, 2012
Gin, Dry vermouth, Elderflower liqueur, Aperol, Lemon juice
OCTOBER 10, 2012
Blanco tequila, Herbal liqueur, Elderflower liqueur, Orange bitters, Lime juice
OCTOBER 9, 2012
Gin, Pimm's No. 1 Cup, Dry vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Pear liqueur, Lime juice
OCTOBER 8, 2012
Bourbon, Campari, Sweet vermouth, Dry vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Absinthe, Lemon peel

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Who Makes My Bourbon?

This is the fifth in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

About a year ago, GQ exerpted this great picture from David Haskell's The Kings County Distiller Guide to Urban Moonshining. Click the image on the left to see the detail. It’s pretty easy to see from this that there are really only thirteen major Bourbon producers in the United States. These 13 distilleries are owned by only nine companies.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You can’t walk into a liquor store and not see an entire 50 foot shelf of Bourbons with names you’ve never heard of. Some of them are even local. All of them have great stories on the back about how this particular Bourbon was the favorite of Ulysses S. Grant or Al Capone or was made by some hill-William from a secret family recipe only recently rediscovered inside a hollow log in Possum Lick, Kentucky. Like the Templeton Rye label to the left. Click it to expand and read it.

Recent Additions

  • Songs My Mother Taught Me — Mezcal, Cardamaro, Amaro Montenegro, Fernet Branca, Bitters, Orange peel
  • Calexico — Aquavit, Rye, Herbal liqueur, Bitters, Ancho Reyes Verde chile liqueur, Lemon peel
  • Rare Hearts — Cognac, Bourbon, Herbal liqueur, Cardamom bitters, Lemon juice, Vanilla syrup
  • Long Peninsula Iced Tea — Light rum, Curaçao, Cola, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Brewed Tea
  • Blueberry Patch — Rye, Ginger liqueur, Blueberry syrup

Recent Discussion

  • Re Alpine Bird, 1 day ago HallA commented:

    It's good, there is a weird, pleasant note that I'm reading as coconut-ey off the combination of the braulio and the pineapple. Lots of foam.

  • Re Calexico, 2 days ago Mixed up in Na… commented:

    This is a remarkably well-balanced and interesting drink with a bit of heat in the finish. Substituted Tattersall aquavit and Old Forester 100-proof rye, as that is what we had on hand.

  • Re Poppies in October, 2 days ago BamBoozled commented:

    Tasty AF. Used Rittenhouse rye and subbed Italicus liquor for black tea liquor

  • Re Stigmata, 2 days ago lesliec commented:

    I agree with a previous comment about being 'thin'. Maybe swap amaro/vermouth quantities? But it's pleasant anyway.

  • Re Meatpacker, 4 days ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Cut the bitters - they are out of place.