Marlon Hall

Mint Julep Recipes

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Today we have two Mint Julep recipes from Marlon Hall that will be perfect the Kentucky Derby this weekend. One is a classic and one is  Marlon’s own unique recipe. In honor of the Whiskey of the Month we’re using Woodford Reserve in these recipes.  Be sure to visit Marlon’s great blog by clicking here.
Mint Julep Version #1 (muddled)
Julep Version #1
While a muddler is a tool specifically designed to crush and pulverize, mint is delicate and should only be pressed to release the essence of the mint. Over muddling with make the drink bitter. Same as with a citrus twist, if you get the white pith you’re going to have a bitter result. Don’t over muddle the mint.
INGREDIENTS
  • 8 fresh mint leaves and the top sprig for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2  1/2 oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Muddle (gently press) the mint leaves, the water, and the sugar in a julep cup.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the bourbon.
  3. Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.
Mint Julep Version #2 (not muddled)
julep ice cubes
Some purists will say that you shouldn’t muddle the mint at all. All it takes is a good slap of the mint between you palms to release the essence. My twist using this method and instead of crushed ice, I freeze the mint in the ice instead.
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 to 3 fresh mint leaves per ice cube (if your tray makes four ice cubes you would need 8 to 12 leaves)
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slap the mint leaves between your palms releasing the essence
  2. Place the leaves into your ice tray. The mint will infuse the water, as tea does. Freeze.
  3. Put one of the frozen mint infused ice cubes in your julep cup add the syrup and bourbon and still to mix.
  4. Enjoy the slow release of the mint flavor as the ice melts.

John Collins Recipe Update

John Collins

2 oz. bourbon

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon sugar

3 oz. club soda

1 maraschino cherry

1 orange slice

In a shaker filled with ice, combine bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain in collins glass 3/4 full with ice cubes and add the club soda. Stir and garnish with the cherry and orange slice.

Here is a variation to this recipe from Marlon Hall.

1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
3/4 oz Laird’s apple brandy
1/2 fresh lemon juice
Fever tree Club Soda

Shake all ingredients except soda and strain over ice into Collins glass. Top with soda.

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Super Bowl 2014 Eats, Drinks, & Picks

It’s time for the Super Bowl. Great food, drinks, commercials, and time with friends and family. We have some great recipes and drink suggestions for tomorrows game.

Eats:

Tailgate Chicken Skewers at werd.com

Chicken Skewers

Here is a great recipe from Jackie Dodd that is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. It features chicken, beer, and sriracha. Click on the image above to see the full recipe. Jackie has a full cookbook that can be purchased here.

bacon bourbon whipped sweet potatoes with brown butter and crispy sage I howsweeteats.com

Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes

Here is another great dish for Super Bowl Sunday. It features sweet potatoes, bourbon, and bacon and is full of great flavors. It’s a fantastic recipe from Jessica over at How Sweet It Is . Click the image to view the recipe.

If your looking for something that is simple to make, filling, and easy to clean up then try this stew. It is a favorite recipe of mine for a nice hearty stew that is perfect for warming up with in cold weather.

1/2 pound butter

3 cups (2 large) diced sweet onions

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 cup bbq sauce

1 pound pulled pork

1/2 pound diced chicken

1/2 pound ground turkey

1/2 pound ground beef

1  can fire roasted tomatoes

2 cans drained green beans

1 oz. bourbon

1 quart or more quality chicken stock or broth

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and saute until the onions are translucent, about 15 minutes. Stir in the cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes then add bbq sauce. Stir in the pulled pork, chicken, turkey, and beef. Add the fire roasted tomatoes and green beans. Stir in the chicken stock and let simmer for a couple hours over medium heat. Enjoy! This recipe can also easily be made in a crock-pot.

Pair it with bourbon and cornbread for additional enjoyment.

Drinks:

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 Gentlemen’s Buck from Marlon Hall.

Gentlemen’s Buck
2 oz buffalo trace
1 oz fresh oj
3/4 oz sweetened ginger syrup
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
3 dashes angostura bitters
club soda or ginger beer to top
Shake all ingredients with ice except soda. Strain into Collins with ice, top with soda.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
In honor of our February 2014 Whiskey of the Month we will be sharing some Wild Turkey Rare Breed with our friends during tomorrows game. Wild Turkey Rare Breed is a delicious complex whiskey with great flavors and a perfect amount of spice.
Picks: 
My prediction for the Super Bowl winner is the Seattle Seahawks.
I hope everyone has a great time tomorrow, enjoy the game, and be safe.

Dobbs Cocktail Recipe

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Today we have another great recipe from Marlon Hall.

Dobbs Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. Basil Hayden
1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Fernet Branca rinse

Rinse coupe with generous amount of Fernet. Mix bourbon and vermouth in glass and stir 30 times. Strain into Fernet rinsed coupe and garnish with orange peel zest and remaining peel.

Tidal New Member Monday Features Timothy Doty from Bourbon & Oak

Timothy Doty from Bourbon and Oak was recently interviewed and featured on Tidal. To read the full interview please click here.

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Timothy Doty is a blogger for Bourbon & Oak, a blog devoted to all things bourbon. This blog aims to provide bourbon news, reviews, recipes, and ratings. Its rating system provides a simple percentage that they hope will help you in your decision making when selecting new bourbon choices at your favorite store.

When did you start your blog, Bourbon & Oak?

I started Bourbon & Oak officially in March of 2013 but have been reviewing and writing about bourbon and craft beer for quite sometime on different sites.

What made you want to do it?

As a craft beer fan and having reviewed hundreds of craft beers, I originally wanted to start a review site for craft beer, but after growing frustrated about finding some simple ratings and information on different bourbons I decided to start Bourbon & Oak. For me it seemed like I had to contact the distillery to find the information I wanted so my wife encouraged me to start the site to share the information with others.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when you write and craft your drinks?

I draw my inspiration for my blog by wanting to help others find as much information on this fine spirit as I can. For the drinks, I reached out to expert bartender Marlon Hall to provide cocktail recipes for Bourbon & Oak. Marlon has been with us almost since the beginning and does a great job providing some awesome recipes for us.

Where do you find good bourbon?

Being a full time investigator and having to travel for work, I get the opportunity to get my hands on some great bourbon. I have a few large chain stores that I visit as well as a few small less frequented locations. The smaller stores often carry some hard to find bourbons which is nice and the fact that they aren’t as busy as the larger stores gives me a chance to meet some great people that share my passion for bourbon. I also have friends at several different distilleries who often send me some great bourbon to try.

Are there any particular liquor bloggers that you particularly admire?

There’s no one blogger in particular. I read a lot of blogs on bourbon and craft beer and it seems there are a lot of blogs that start up only to quit shortly after or just not update regularly, so I really admire the ones that do.

How did you discover DrinkWire and what made you want to join?

I saw a Drinkwire badge on a blog recently and looked into it a little more. I wanted to join because my blog is still very new and although steadily growing I wanted to take every opportunity to get my blog out there to more viewers. I think this is a great way to do this.

Do you think DrinkWire is helpful to others? How so?

Yes. I think it helps others discover new recipes, blogs, and information. As a blogger it allows me to get my blog out to more viewers.

Prince of Wales Recipe

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Here is a great refreshing summer recipe from Marlon Hall.

Prince of Wales Recipe

1 1-inch cube of pineapple
1/4 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. maraschino liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Jefferson  bourbon whiskey
Champagne, to top
Lemon twist, to garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pineapple, syrup, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and whiskey. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe, top with Champagne, and garnish with lemon twist.

Be sure to check out Marlon’s blog by clicking here.

Dr. Jeffer Recipe

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Summer is finally in full swing. Today we have another great recipe from Marlon Hall. This cocktail is perfect for the backyard barbeque but is a little more complex than the classic whiskey and coke (or Dr. Pepper for us in the South)

Dr. Jeffer Recipe

1.5 oz Amarretto Di Saraonno
1.5 oz Jefferson Bourbon whiskey
6 oz ginger ale

Orange slice, for garnish

Fill a glass with ice. Combine Amaretto and bourbon, and top with ginger ale; squeeze orange slice into mixture, and drop the slice into the glass as garnish.

Be sure to visit Marlon’s blog by clicking here.

Summer Drinks

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We are enjoying our summer and hope you all are too. We have had a great bourbon filled summer so far and have really been enjoying spending some quality time outdoors with friends and family. If you are anything like us you have a cold beer at a cookout during the heat of the day and a nice bourbon to sip in the evening to help you relax after that busy day. There are times though when a nice cocktail seems to really hit the spot. Here are a few summer cocktails we thought we would share with you all. Enjoy.

We will start off with a favorite from Marlon Hall. Marlon has two great Mint Julep Recipes that we posted a while back and they have become some of our favorite summer cocktails, perfect on a hot day.

Mint Julep Version #1 (muddled)
Julep Version #1
While a muddler is a tool specifically designed to crush and pulverize, mint is delicate and should only be pressed to release the essence of the mint. Over muddling with make the drink bitter. Same as with a citrus twist, if you get the white pith you’re going to have a bitter result. Don’t over muddle the mint.
INGREDIENTS
  • 8 fresh mint leaves and the top sprig for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2  1/2 oz. Bulleit 10 year bourbon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Muddle (gently press) the mint leaves, the water, and the sugar in a julep cup.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the bourbon.
  3. Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.
Mint Julep Version #2 (not muddled)
julep ice cubes
Some purists will say that you shouldn’t muddle the mint at all. All it takes is a good slap of the mint between you palms to release the essence. My twist using this method and instead of crushed ice, I freeze the mint in the ice instead.
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 to 3 fresh mint leaves per ice cube (if your tray makes four ice cubes you would need 8 to 12 leaves)
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 ounces Bulleit 10 year bourbon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slap the mint leaves between your palms releasing the essence
  2. Place the leaves into your ice tray. The mint will infuse the water, as tea does. Freeze.
  3. Put one of the frozen mint infused ice cubes in your julep cup add the syrup and bourbon and still to mix.
  4. Enjoy the slow release of the mint flavor as the ice melts.
LiberTea

LiberTea

LiberTea Recipe

Makes 1 large pitcher 4 cups water

4 cups lemonade
4 black tea bags
1 cup fresh basil leaves
½ cup Wild Turkey Bourbon
1 ½ cups American Honey In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Remove from heat; add 4 teabags of black
tea. Steep 8 minutes; discard teabags. Add 2 cups cold water and lemonade; transfer
to pitcher and chill. Add fresh basil leaves. Using a wooden spoon, crush basil until
fragrant. Stir in Wild Turkey Bourbon and American Honey. Serve over ice.

Bourbon & Oak Manhattan

Bourbon & Oak Classic Manhattan

Bourbon & Oak Classic Manhattan Recipe

3 oz bourbon or rye whiskey

1 oz sweet vermouth

2 Dashes angostura bitters

1 stemmed maraschino cherry

Fill a mixing glass with ice; add bourbon, vermouth, and bitters. Gently swirl or stir for about 20 seconds to mix thoroughly, do not shake this. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, add stemmed cherry, and enjoy.

For the beer drinkers out there we can recommend a few beers for those hot days.

Enjoy your summer with your friends and family. Cheers!

LiberTea Recipe from buzzfeed.com

Gold Rush Cocktail

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June 14 is the day that the Rev. Elijah Craig first distilled whiskey from corn in Bourbon County, Kentucky. (Elijah Craig’s name lives on as a premium bourbon brand from Heaven Hill.) In 1964, Congress declared that “bourbon whiskey is a distinctive product of the United States.” And June 14th is National Bourbon Day. Any day is worth celebrating America’s native spirit.
Below is a simple recipe from Marlon Hall, for all to enjoy. Nothing fancy, just highlighting good bourbon. Please visit Marlon’s excellent blog by clicking here. Enjoy!
2 oz. Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Bourbon
1 oz. Honey Syrup
.75 oz. of fresh squeezed lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain over ice ball in chilled rocks glass.
No garnish.