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RECENT COCKTAILS: AUGUST 10, 2017
Gin, Campari, Aromatized wine, Lime juice, Mint syrup
AUGUST 8, 2017
Pear eau de vie, Light rum, Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao, Cream, Mint
Gin, Dimmi, Maraschino Liqueur, Bitters, Lime juice, Ginger syrup
JULY 6, 2017
Rye, Demerara Rum, Sweet vermouth, Herbal liqueur, Bénédictine, Bitters, Lemon peel
Cognac, Applejack, Pear liqueur, Pear eau de vie, Bitters, Lemon juice, Orgeat, Vanilla syrup, Sage
JUNE 16, 2017
Aromatized wine, Sparkling white wine, Barbados Rum, Tonic water
MAY 31, 2017
Dry vermouth, Cynar, Gin, Celery bitters, Lemon peel
Rhum Agricole, Jamaican rum, Maraschino Liqueur, Club soda, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Mint
Manzanilla sherry, Aromatized wine, Gin, Campari, Lemon syrup, Lime juice
APRIL 3, 2017
Cream Sherry, Manzanilla sherry, Mezcal, Pineapple Gum Syrup, Orange flower water

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

  • 32nd Street — Gin, Junmai Sake, Dark Crème de Cacao, Lime cordial, Lemongrass
  • Jungle Booby — Blanco tequila, Mezcal, Absinthe, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Grapefruit juice, Orgeat
  • Clear My Head — Cognac, Amaro Montenegro, Maraschino Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Lemon bitters
  • Nova Scotia (Tom Walker Version) — Highland Scotch, Herbal liqueur, Orange bitters
  • Cure for Eric — Rum, Virgin Islands Rum, Ginger liqueur, Bitters, Water, Pineapple juice, Orange juice, Butter, Lemon juice, Honey, Grade B maple syrup, Lemon zest, Vanilla extract, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cayenne pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon stick

Recent Discussion

  • Re Remember the Danes, 11 hours 29 minutes ago lesliec commented:

    This doesn't seem quite there yet. I assumed whiskey with a 'e' didn't mean Scotch so used Evan Williams bourbon. To me it's a little flat and metallic - some expressed orange zest helped. Maybe reduce the absinthe and go for a non-Punt vermouth?

  • Re The Hallelujah, 1 day 18 hours ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    It's okay but basically just tastes like the ingredients rather than a carefully balanced cocktail.

  • Re The Bloodborne of Beverages, 2 days 14 hours ago M.grandiflora commented:

    Love everything about this drink. Perfectly balanced.

  • Re The Cableknit, 3 days 7 hours ago jensck commented:

    Seriously strange. Maybe it's because I used a different coffee liqueur (Tempus Fugit), but I'm not sure these flavors work together.

  • Re String Theory, 3 days 8 hours ago stirred commented:

    Good winter vibes. Same vein as Left Hand and Black Lodge. Add to rotation.