Maple Bourbon Bread & Butter Pickles

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Food: Brooklyn Brine Co. crafts of some delicious items. Today we feature their Maple Bourbon Bread & Butter Pickles. Made with Organic NY State Grade B Maple Syrup, Finger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Bourbon, Kirby cucumbers, apple cider vinegar, and a special blend of spices. A delicious treat by itself of as an addition to a variety of dishes.


Essentials of a Damn Good Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned, our go to drink for those times when we want a little more than a neat sipper. When venturing out and about, we’ve had some delicious Old Fashioned’s but we’ve also had our fair share of some bad ones as well. A great Old Fashioned in my opinion is well balanced between sweet and bitter, gives you the opportunity to taste all the ingredients in the drink, and leaves you thinking about ordering a second one. Here are few essentials for creating a delicious Old Fashioned.

1) Bourbon. You are going to want to have a decent bourbon but there is no need to pull out a top notch bottle for this cocktail, it is not necessary. Go with a favorite choice for an everyday drink and one that is between 80 and 95 proof. Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey 81, Old Forester, Buffalo Trace, and Woodford Reserve make excellent choices. All of these bourbons add great characteristics to the drink and do not overpower the cocktail, instead they mix well and even enhance the flavors of the other ingredients.

2) Sugar. More specifically, one sugar cube. A single sugar cube is the perfect amount of sugar to muddle with a splash of water and bitters. If you’ve had a bad Old Fashioned before, you may have noticed it was overly sweet. This is a common mistake bartenders make and it can without a doubt ruin the cocktail. We suggest sticking to just one sugar cube, you can always go from here and adjust to taste.

3) Bitters. It used to be Angostura’s world but things have changed. Angostura Bitters are fine and are more than deserving of a space on your shelf but there are numerous other options out there and you can even craft your own bitters. We enjoy using Dashfire Bitters, specifically their Brandy Old Fashioned Bitters, as they add a nice spice to the cocktail.

4) Water. Stick with simple straight water, we like spring water or drinking water as they are simple and pure tasting. Avoid using seltzer, tonic, or sparkling water.

5) Ice. Large, slow melting cubes are best as they keep the cocktail chilled and don’t water it down like smaller cubes. Molds are available online as well as in local stores and usually come in round and square shapes.

6) Fruit. Ever order an Old Fashioned at a bar and it looks like a fruit bowl when it arrives? Keep it simple. A small twist of an orange peel will add some zest to the drink and can be thrown over the side as a garnish. Drop in a maraschino cherry and call it a day. If fruit is not your thing, just order it simply without fruit.

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2 oz. bourbon of choice

3 dashes bitters of choice

1 sugar cube

1 splash of water

orange twist for garnish

1 maraschino cherry

In an Old Fashioned glass muddle sugar cube, water, and bitters. Add ice and maraschino cherry, pour in bourbon and stir gently for 30 seconds. Hold an orange peel over the glass and twist, hand over side of glass for garnish. Enjoy.


Featured Bar: The Roosevelt, Richmond, Virginia

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Featured Bar: The Roosevelt in Richmond, Virginia is a great place to visit if you’re in the area. It is located in Church Hill, Richmond’s oldest neighborhood, and serves up some incredible southern food. In addition to the great food, they are always serving up excellent cocktails, using fresh ingredients. The atmosphere in the Roosevelt is another great reason to visit, it is always welcoming and just a great place to meet up with friends and family. Check out their menus below and if you stop by for a cocktail, let us suggest The Seersucker: maker’s mark bourbon, sweet tea syrup, angostura bitters, and a charred lemon cube.

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Rex Rocking Chair

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Gear: Pour yourself some of your favorite sipper, it’s going to be a great night. Designed by renown industrial designer Niko Kralj, the elegant and stylish REX Rocking Chair is a perfect chair to sit, relax, and get lost in those amber waves of grain. Made using the finest natural materials, this beautiful chair has a simple, solid wood construction and a fluid folding mechanism for easy storage. Available in standard finishes and wide variety of colors, the Rex Rocking Chair is a great piece. We prefer the simple look of the walnut finish pictured above.


Beer Cap Maps

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Gear: Just like you collected state quarters, now you can collect bottle caps to show your love of craft brews and support for the local breweries. A map of the country is available and many individual states. Pick one up, pop a top, and start collecting. All 50 states should be available before May 1st, in case your state of choice isn’t available currently.


Middy Technical Rocks Glass

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Gear: A unique piece of drinkware, the Middy is the big brother to the Muzzleshot A2 Flash Hider Shot Glass. The Middy is a hardcoat anodized, aluminum rocks glass styled after the A2 Flash Hider. It holds 10 oz. and is a great choice for Old Fashioned’s and other classic cocktails. This unique glass has a beautiful design and makes a great gift.


Wake Up Call Recipe

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2 oz. Barrel Strength Bourbon of choice
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1 tsp. vanilla syrup
4 dashes Dashfire Orange Bitters or bitters of choice
Add all ingredients to mixing glass, add ice and stir well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.




Whiskey Notes: Tasting & Distilling Logbooks

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Books: Now that your drinking all this delicious whiskey, you need to have a place to take notes. Conceived by the proprietors of Kings County Distillery, this handsome set of journals is perfect for taking all your whiskey notes and so you won’t forget your favorites. The set includes: a hardcover journal with guided pages for tasting notes, a slim notebook with work sheets for the home distiller, and a fold-out poster of the American Whiskey Family Tree