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Fall Fashion Issue: An Old Fashioned Cocktail Perfect for Autumn

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The Old Fashioned is not so much a single cocktail as a style of cocktail. Originally, cocktail meant the drink consisted of a spirit, bitters, sugar and water. When new drinks were created with things like vermouth and absinthe, one who wanted the original style would order an “old fashioned cocktail.” While we think of it as a whiskey drink, it can really be made with any spirit. You actually could make a vodka old fashioned, but it would be rather bland and we probably wouldn’t be friends anymore.   In autumn, I like to add the seasonal flavor of apples. Cider …

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Mississippi Punch Recipe

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Falling right between International Talk Like a Pirate Day and Miniature Golf Day, it’s National Rum Punch Day! Of course this is Bourbon & Banter, not Rum & Repartee (patent pending), so we had to make sure America’s Native Spirit was in the mix. This 19th-century punch comes to us via Jerry Thomas, the father of American mixology. (For more info on Thomas and the history of cocktails check out David Wondrich’s Imbibe!) With four ounces of booze and just a touch of lemon juice and sugar, it lives up to it’s name as a “punch.”   Mississippi Punch 2oz cognac 1oz …

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Bourbon Jam Cocktail Recipe

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Several weeks ago I was contacted by a PR firm asking if Bourbon & Banter would be interested in having one of the mixologists that represented create a cocktail for Bourbon & Banter in celebration of Bourbon Heritage Month. Never one to turn down a free drink I jumped at the chance but requested that cocktails meet two very specific criteria: It must use one of my favorite bourbons – Antique Weller* It has to be easy enough to make at home without the need for expensive or hard to acquire ingredients Fast forward a few weeks and I’m pleased …

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Bourbon Cocktails In 1964

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1964 was an interesting year for Americans. Lyndon B. Johnson was the president, millions of people attended the mid-century marvel, the New York Worlds Fair, and Bourbon was legally declared “a distinctive product of the United States”. This was big news and cemented Bourbon’s status years later as “America’s Native Spirit”. Americans in the mid-60s had fully embraced cocktail culture and over-the-top home entertaining was in style. The Southern Comfort “Barmate” publication, distributed with the November 1964 issue of Playboy, is a fine example of the recipes of the time. Although it’s a booklet made to introduce people to this …

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National Whiskey Sour Day 2013

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Believe it or not some people require a good reason to have a drink on a Sunday. Today’s post is for those people. Tomorrow, Sunday, August 25th is National Whiskey Sour Day. It’s a day made to celebrate this iconic and steadfast classic which traces is origin back to the days when British Navy sailors in the 1700s would add lime juice to their rum to preserve the juice and keep the sailors safe from scurvy. At its most basic, the Whisky Sour includes no more than three ingredients — bourbon, lemon juice, and simple sugar. (Four Roses Bourbon is obviously …

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Stir It Up! Bourbon Cocktail Recipes

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  Today’s guest blog post is courtesy of Andrea Holak from St. Louis, MO. Andrea’s treating us to two different bourbon cocktail recipes. I think they both sound fantastic but I’m a sucker for ice cream so I think I’ll have to try her second recipe first. Let us know what you think of her recipes and if we should invite her back on a regular basis. Have a great weekend everyone! [hr] Like it or not, Summer is here!  If you’re anything like me, you like to keep things simple and keep a cool beverage in your hand (and …

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The Blueberry Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

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Erin Petrey is our featured guest blogger today. Erin resides in Washington, D.C. but her heart is in KY. A devoted bourbon ambassador, Erin hopes to join Bourbon & Banter to help us on our mission to spread the bourbon gospel. Please check out her twist on the classic Old Fashioned below and let us know if she’s a keeper. [hr] The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail and one of my absolute favorites. This drink has roots that reach all the way back to the beginning of the 19th century. Originally made by mixing bitters, sugar, water, and a …

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Cherry Tree Anecdote Cocktail Recipe

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Featuring a guest post today from Thomas Fondano from Portland, OR. Thomas writes a booze blog and would love to contribute to Bourbon & Banter on a regular basis. Try out his recipe and let us know if you’d like to see more from Thomas over the next few months. I CANNOT TELL A LIE… I love my bourbon neat, but on a really hot day, I want something a little more refreshing. Summer means a lot of great fruit is in season, and right now that includes cherries. Cherries and bourbon pair well together whether in desserts or in the …

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The Red Headed Stranger Cocktail Recipe

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  I’m married to a red head and have a red headed daughter so the title of this cocktail definitely got my attention. Submitted by Rachel Dean (a.k.a. Ginny Tonic) as her sample contributor blog post, I think it makes a nice addition to our line up of bourbon cocktail recipes. Check it out and let us know if you think Ginny’s got what it takes to represent Cincinnati and become a regular contributor to Bourbon & Banter. [hr] It was a very rainy 4th of July in my part of the country and as the day wore on it …