Meet The Folks Who Make Bourbon

In a rather new video about the master distillers and folks who make your bourbon, you will learn about who runs the bourbon business today. With beautiful views of Kentucky and the distinctive sounds of bluegrass this is a wonderful video. Just be warned, you are going to want some bourbon after. Enjoy!

You can view the video here.


Baltimore Bang Recipe

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1 1/2 ounces bourbon

1 1/2 ounces apricot brandy

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp sugar

orange slice and cherry for garnish

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice and cherry. Enjoy!


Homeade Sour Mix Recipe

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1 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 cups fresh lemon and lime juice

In a small pot combine the sugar and water and simmer until sugar dissolves. Strain out the pulp from the lemon and lime juice. Turn heat to low and add fresh lemon and lime juice. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool. Strain a final time into an airtight glass bottle. Sour mix will keep for approximately 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

This is a great way to make a homemade sour mix and the recipe we use when hosting cocktail parties. It is a perfect balance of sweet and sour.


The Bomb Drink Cabinet

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Gear: The Bomb Drink Cabinet is made from an authentic, reclaimed MK1 Practice Cluster Bomb. This 7 foot tall cabinet has a mirror-polished aluminium and steel exterior. Inside is a unique interior consisting of a polished brass and lacquered black American walnut shelving unit, door inlays, and even some included copper cocktail utensils. This is definitely a unique cabinet and true conversation starter. Get one here.


Featured Bar: The Shady Lady Saloon, Sacramento, California

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Established in April of 2009 by three long time friends Jason Boggs, Alex Origoni and Garrett Van Vleck, The Shady Lady Saloon was opened out of their love of great food and cocktails. All of their offerings are drawn from the past with a modern twist added. They offer some delicious food options with brunch, lunch, and dinner menus and each has some unique offerings. Their craft cocktails use fresh ingredients and fine spirits and they make some of their own ingredients in house, like ginger ale and tonic. We suggest trying their Old Fashioned which is pictured below. The Shady Lady Saloon is place you just feel comfortable in and one that has a perfect balance of the past and present. If you’re in the area, pay them a visit.

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4 Points Cocktail

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1 oz bourbon
1 oz applejack
1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange liqueur
1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
orange twist for garnish

In a mixing glass, combine first four ingredients.
Add ice. Stir vigorously for 45 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!


Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas

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Book: It use to be just a simple choice of Angostura, but in recent years we have been involved in a craft cocktail movement. Bartenders have been inspired to get creative and try new flavors, ingredients, and techniques. Few ingredients have a rich history like bitters. Author and bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of bitters and provides information, tips, recipes, and step-by-step instructions. With over 70 cocktail recipes and a chapter devoted to cooking with bitters you will find this one a keeper. Get it here.


Pat’s Backcountry Beverages

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Drink: We’ve all been out there on a long hike and had that craving for a delicious hoppy beer. When backpacking a beer is a hard item to bring along but those days are over now. Pat’s Backcountry Beverages have developed a beer concentrate that can fit into a pocket. When ready to enjoy a brew, simply place it in the easy-to-use carbonation system and add water to deliver a complex, yet well-balanced, craft brew. It doesn’t get much easier than this. Get some here.


Scotch Toddy Recipe

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2 ounces Scotch whisky
1 ounce grenadine
1 teaspoon honey
4 ounces hot water
Rosemary sprig, for garnish
Lemon zest, for garnish

In a mug mix scotch, honey, and grenadine and top with the hot water. Garnish with rosemary sprig and lemon zest. Enjoy!


Heaven Hill Brands Elevates Lynn House to National Brand Educator

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Heaven Hill Brands Elevates Lynn House to National Brand Educator

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Brands has promoted Lynn House to the role of National Brand Educator. In her new role, Ms. House will be responsible for on-premise support, training and mentoring with a primary emphasis on Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur and PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. For two years, Lynn has served as the PAMA Liqueur Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill Brands. In that role, she worked nationally to support the on-premise brand objectives through marketing and sales support.

Prior to joining Heaven Hill, Lynn served as Chief Mixologist and Beverage Director at Blackbird Restaurant in Chicago. At Blackbird, she organically developed the first mixology program for the James Beard Award culinary nominee. Previous experience in her 25 years in hospitality includes Chief Mixologist/Beverage Director at Michelin two star restaurant Graham Elliot. She is, also, the original Master Bartender at The Drawing Room and was named one of the 2011’s Top 20 Most Fabulous Bartenders in the World by Gary Regan.

“Lynn is a talented bartender whose experience and credibility have benefited PAMA Liqueur and Heaven Hill Brands tremendously,” said Kate S. Latts, Vice President of Marketing. “Based on her success with PAMA, she was a natural fit to support the newly-acquired Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur. We are excited to have her passion and creativity guiding these important on-premise efforts.”

The National Brand Educator is a newly established position for Heaven Hill supporting all forms of on-premise efforts including National Accounts, distributor efforts and national events. Full article here.