Here is a great read about Ballantyne Bourbon. Special thanks to Christina for sharing this great story with us.
Book: Cocktails and books can go hand in hand, Tequila Mockingbird is a great cocktail book. It features 65 delicious drink recipes that have book themed titles. The book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and illustrations throughout. From The Last of the Mojitos to Romeo and Julep you’ll find a cocktail you’ll love. Get it here.
Food: The Bourbon Barrel Food Originals Gift Box is filled with items perfect for bourbon lovers. It includes: Kentuckyaki sauce, barrel-aged Worcestershire sauce, Bluegrass Soy Sauce, Bourbon Smoked Salt, Bourbon Smoked Pepper, and Bourbon Smoked Paprika. Get it here.
This is the time of year when we have a lot of visitors and get togethers. These recipes are great and hopefully you will enjoy them.
The Noble Ruby by Mike Shain (Makes 37 servings)
55 ½ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
55 ½ oz Owney’s Rum
18 ½ oz simple syrup
6 ¼ oz of lemon juice
1 oz Absinthe
1 oz Regans’ Orange Bitters
74 oz Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Sparkling Wine
18 ½ water
Combine all ingredients, except the sparkling wine, in a punch bowl. Stir to combine and add large ice cubes. Gently add the sparkling wine. Ladle into punch cups.
Psarou Punch by Orson Salicetti
6 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
6 oz Skinos Mastiha Liqueur
14 oz Pisco Control C
6 oz Fresh Lime Juice
14 oz Sparkling Wine or Dry Prosecco
20 Sage Leaves
1 cup Fresh Pomegranate Seeds
Combine all the ingredients together in a punch bowl. Mix with a ladle. Add ice and garnish with six wheels of pink grapefruit, lime and lemon. Makes between 8 to 10 cocktails.
The Happiest by Jim Kearns
1 oz Aperol
1/2 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1/2 oz sour cherry syrup
2 dashes Mole bitters
Stir, strain into a Fernet Branca-rinsed coupe, top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
Super “C” Bellini by Eben Freeman
2 ½ oz Prosecco
1 ½ oz Yoga Peach Nectar
1 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
½ tsp Vitamin C Crystals
Measure vitamin powder into champagne flute and top with peach nectar. Stir nectar to dissolve vitamin powder. Add PAMA and top with sparkling wine.
Pera Bisonte by Michael Neff
2 oz Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
¾ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
½ oz Pear Purée
Dash of Simple Syrup
1 dash Meyer Lemon Bitters
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake. Add a splash of soda water and strain into a champagne glass.
Millennium Punch by Dale DeGroff
15 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 ½ bottles Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac (750 ml)
50 oz Spring Water
16 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
8 oz Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
½ Ripe Pineapple, cubed (to flavor store bought pineapple juice)
1 ½ cup Sugar
6 Whole Fresh Lemons
3 Whole Oranges
Pour the shrub* into a punch bowl. Add the Cognac, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and pineapple juice to the punch bowl. Add spring water and adjust the sweet and sour with fresh lemon juice and/or simple syrup.
Garnet of Delight by Pamela Wiznitzer
¾ oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 ¼ oz Louis Royer “Force 53” VSOP Cognac
1 ½ oz half and half
½ oz demerara syrup
½ oz crème de cacao blanc
3 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
3 dashes mole bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Shake and serve up in a wine glass. Garnish with freshly grated dark cacao shavings.
Gear: The limited edition Johnnie Walker Oliver Sweeney Brogue combines classic style and taste. The shoe features a Johnnie Walker Red Label miniature in the heel, custom-embroidery, red suede lining in the heel compartment and a transparent top piece to reveal the whisky from below. If johnny is your thing than check out these shoes. We could definitely see them being a great conversation starter. Get them here.
Drink: Jura Brooklyn Scotch Whisky is still distilled in Scotland but the city of Brooklyn played a major role in this whisky. Their Master Distiller made a welcomed trip to the US to craft a new whisky. The folks of Brooklyn were inspiration to this new spirit, a 16 year-old whiskey aged in American White Oak Bourbon, Pinot Noir, and Sherry casks. This whiskey is sure to be a delicious one. Bottle at 80 proof. More info here.
It’s that time of year again, you’re out shopping for those whiskies to give as gifts. We, with the help of you, have created a list of three whiskies to give or receive this year. A bourbon, scotch, and rye whiskey. Thanks for your input on this, it wasn’t easy to select just three. Here they are.
Booker’s is a wonderful bourbon, it’s strong, full of flavor, and definitely a top shelf whiskey. It makes a great gift because it is readily available, a great sipper, and packaged in a nice looking wooden box. Booker’s could be a bit strong for some at first but most will grow to love and appreciate this whiskey. The recipient will likely enjoy this great offering from the small batch collection. Bourbon lovers will appreciate this bourbon for what it is and beginners will likely enjoy graduating to this strong, stand-up whiskey. 121-130.6 proof. $50-$55
Willett Family Estate Small Batch Rye is an amazing rye whiskey but one that can be somewhat difficult to find. There’s not a lot produced, usually around 200 bottles per batch, so it can be a bit tough to track a bottle down. Each bottle carries the age statement and barrel number. The bottle itself is an impressive looking piece. This whiskey makes an excellent gift. It’s a great whiskey and the recipient will likely appreciate the flavors and the fact that it is a difficult whiskey to get your hands on. Although it is 110 proof, it is still very much an easy sipper. $35-$45
Bowmore Darkest 15 Single Malt Scotch is a silky smooth whisky with deep flavor characteristics. With flavors of leather, spices, smoke, black licorice, cedar, menthol, it is definitely a unique whisky. It is not hard to find or expensive but it is a very enjoyable scotch. Recipients will likely enjoy the deep, dark flavors with this whisky and the way it stands out from the everyday sipper, especially with the fruit filled finish that adds a nice twist. 86 proof. $55-$70
Gear: Ice can definitely make or break a cocktail there’s no denying that. If you’re take your ice very seriously, then this next product is probably for you. The Spherical Ice Ball Maker from Sharper Image is solid aluminum and designed to create ice that will perfectly chill your beverage of choice. Simply use the included ice mold to make a small ice slab in your freezer. Then place the slab into the Spherical Ice Maker. The result will be a 2.6″ sphere in less than a minute. The large ice as you all know will chill your beverage of choice without diluting it. Kit will include 4 molds, a pair of tongs, and a drip pan. It’s yours here.
Food: Fat Bastard’s Wild Boar Carolina style bourbon mustard is perfect for cooking or using as a dipping sauce for a variety of dishes. This sweet and spicy smoky sauce has a good amount of bourbon in it for an extra special kick. You can use it a number of different ways and this is one sauce that truly adds a unique flavor. Get it here.
News: Heaven Hill Distilleries Named 2014 Very Large Business of the Year by Louisville Business First
BARDSTOWN, Ky. – In a ceremony recognizing the leaders in the Louisville business community, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. was named Louisville Business First’s 2014 Very Large Business of the Year last night at the Kentucky International Convention Center. The awards are given annually by the city’s only dedicated business publication “to celebrate excellence in business.” Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. was nominated alongside Delta Dental of Kentucky and Texas Roadhouse Restaurants. It was the second straight year in which the company was nominated for the award.
“We are particularly honored to be recognized by the Louisville Business Community as one of the leading businesses in Louisville and Southern Indiana,” said Max L. Shapira, President, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. “As we begin to celebrate the 80th anniversary of our company’s founding, this award is particularly appreciated. Our third generation of family ownership is committed to upholding the values and qualities shared by all of the community’s leading businesses.”
Heaven Hill Distilleries was recognized by the publication for the development of Louisville’s first stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience® on Main St., sales growth of key spirits brands such as Evan Williams Bourbon and Burnett’s Vodka, and a host of new product innovations and acquisitions. Full article here.
Drink: The fourth release from Orphan Barrel is Lost Prophet. It is a 22 year old, premium bourbon, that was distilled in 1991 and bottled at 90 proof. This is a one time release and one that a lot of folks will likely be wanting to get their hands on. Be on the look out because it is ready to hit the shelves. More information here.