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RECENT COCKTAILS: FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Batavia Arrack, Rhum Agricole, Curaçao, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Salt, Lime peel, Curry leaf
JANUARY 3, 2020
Rum, Sweet vermouth, Curaçao, Orange peel
DECEMBER 21, 2019
Becherovka, Water, Cinnamon stick, Honey syrup, Lemon juice
OCTOBER 29, 2019
Bourbon, Crème de Banane, Crème de Cacao, Bärenjäger, Bitters, Orange peel
OCTOBER 23, 2019
Genever, Bianco Vermouth, Aquavit, Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon peel
Aquavit, Campari, Strawberry, Lemon juice, Cane syrup, Orange flower water
Champagne, Aromatized wine, Triple sec, Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, Orange peel
Pale Ale, Suze, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Cucumber
OCTOBER 17, 2019
Cappelletti Aperitivo, Aquavit, Orange bitters, Orange peel
AUGUST 5, 2019
Rye, Rhubarb bitters, Strawberry, Lime juice, Soda water, Ginger syrup, Honey, Basil

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

  • High Horse — Añejo rum, Kirschwasser, Cherry Liqueur, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Brandied cherry
  • Electric Circus — Gin, Melon liqueur, Genepy, Bitters, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
  • Monkey Business — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Crème de Banane, Fernet Branca, Orange peel
  • (the) UNREP — Brandy, Crème de Violette, Lemon bitters, Dragonfruit
  • Sassburger — Blanco tequila, Strega, Ginger liqueur, Meyer lemon juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Cableknit, 9 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, 10 hours 51 minutes ago stirred commented:

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

  • Re Last Word, 23 hours 38 minutes ago Craig E commented:

    Abigail Gullo makes a Last Laugh by straining this into a champagne flute and topping with cava, with a lime twist.

  • Re The Smoked 45, 1 day 18 hours ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Quite sweet - dropped Cointreau to 0.5 oz

  • Re Tolkien, 2 days 11 hours ago lesliec commented:

    It's good you guys aren't just Tolkien in your sleep.