Lately: Bourbon

I have been reading a ton of books. They have mostly been books about the south since I miss it oh so much. I came across a booked called But Always Fine Bourbon, about the Van Winkle Company. It is not necessarily an educated historical book that would be used in paper, but it is a great read, mostly because they talk about bourbon and horses and how they are big Kentucky fans. Prohibition almost put them out of business due to the rum runners and moonshiners that could deliver the alcohol faster than most, but sometimes death came faster than it could be finished.

It got me thinking about bourbon yesterday while I was at the pool and wondering why there was no pool boy to bring me one to sip on. Rough life. I may not be the best bourbon connoisseur, but I do enjoy it. I can thank my Kentucky time for developing this love. I still need to do some tours and figure out if my barrel is done at Makers yet.

So here is a list of some of my favorite bourbon drinks. I like lists.


The Mint Julep


Bourbon and Ginger


Bourbon and Coke


Bourbon Eggnog, it’ll warn you right up


Bourbon Highball


The bourbon slush punch is one of my all time favorites that I found in Garden & Gun. So I will give you the recipe. Bourbon Slush
Serves 16–18

6 cups water
2 cups strong tea
2 cups bourbon
1 cup sugar
One 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
One 6-ounce container frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed
Garnish: Mint sprigs or lemon slices (optional)

Combine the water, tea, bourbon, sugar, orange and lemon juice concentrate in a large container or bowl, and mix until sugar dissolves. Pour into two gallon-size freezer bags. Freeze until an hour before serving. Place the frozen punch in a large bowl and let thaw, breaking up every 15 minutes. When punch is melted, add more ice or water as desired. Serve in punch cups. Garnish, if desired.

Strong Tea
2 cups water
1 family-size or 4 regular tea bags

Boil the water. Add the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Discard the tea bag(s) and set aside.



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