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Rye, Maraschino Liqueur, Maraschino cherry, Lemon juice
Light rum, Maraschino Liqueur, Lime juice, Grapefruit juice, Lime
Rye, Maraschino Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Lemon juice

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Bourbon

This is the first in a series by Zachary Pearson, Kindred Cocktails Editor. 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.

Bourbon whiskey has a storied, often apocryphal history, with interesting main characters, complex governmental regulations and a variety of subtypes, each with their own flavor profile. I'll tell a bit of this story, along with some tips for finding and recognizing older or important bottles of Bourbon on liquor store shelves. ;

A lot of foundational stories are only to be taken at face value. And yet there’s a deep history of pioneer families who started out making whiskey as part of the homesteading experience and with enough generations, some of their descendants are still manning stills throughout Kentucky.

While the main focus here will be on Kentucky Bourbon whiskey, much of this information applies to other grain whiskies made in other states as well. Delicious rye whiskey abounds, and a few intrepid people make spirits from wheat or other exotic grains.

So pour a glass of the stuff and sip it as you read.

Recent Additions

  • Interborough — Rye, Sweet vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange bitters, Pineapple Gum Syrup, Lemon juice, Orange juice, Orange peel, Maraschino cherry
  • Hey Heywood! — Gin, Pear liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Lemon juice
  • Washington Heights cocktail — Dominican Rum, Crème de Banane, Coffee liqueur, Bitters
  • MidwatchClive — Brandy, Crème de Cacao, Sake, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Crème Yvette, Half-and-half
  • Garlands — Whiskey, Aperol, Amaro, Coffee liqueur, Grapefruit juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Giving Tree, 4 days 13 hours ago prattginkgo commented:

    A bit flat, maybe better with a 1/2 oz. lemon juice?

  • Re Continuum, 4 days 17 hours ago Pangolindo commented:

    So good, so balanced. All the ingredients mix perfectly to an unbelievable point. 5 stars. Used Clément créole shrub.

  • Re Double Up, 5 days 5 hours ago HallA commented:

    This is actually delightfully balance... it's also huge so plan accordingly. the huge lime hit balances all that maraschino and it's really good.

  • Re Midnight Ride, 1 week ago brimagick commented:

    Agree it’s a bit too sweet. Previous commenter had some good ideas re: subs.

  • Re U.S.S. Mallard Special, 1 week ago Cara A commented:

    Made with Carpano Antica because that’s what I had. Wow! Rich, complex, lovely.