Bourbon History



St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails 

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and I thought I would look at the Old Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide from 1935 to see what cocktails might have been served on St. Paddy’s Day, 88 years ago.  I found three cocktails... Continue Reading →

Prohibition Speakeasies

There is a romanticized image of Prohibition era speakeasies in the modern world. There are many bars that call themselves “speakeasies” in most every major city in the United States and even overseas, where speakeasies were not found in the... Continue Reading →

Fort Nelson Fellowship Master Class

I get invited to many whiskey events, but Michter’s recently held one that I thought was an exceptionally good program. Michter’s hosted the Fort Nelson Fellowship Master Class and invited four bar managers from the Four Seasons Hotels from around... Continue Reading →

Five Bourbons That Make Good Mint Juleps

Every first Saturday in May, people in Kentucky pull out their julep cups and make Mint Juleps. For those who follow my blog on a regular basis, you know that I believe that a good mint julep should taste of... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Peychaud’s Bitter Advertisements

I recently visited the Sazerac House in New Orleans while attending the New Orleans Bourbon Festival. Displayed on a wall is the collection of Peychaud’s Bitters advertisements from the 1840s and 50s. Peychaud’s Bitters are an important part of the... Continue Reading →

From My Archive – United Distillers Limited Recipe Booklet

Long before Guinness created United Distillers, in the 1990s, there was a company formed in the 1930s named United Distillers Limited (U.D.L.). They date to just after the repeal of Prohibition and they were originally based in Canada and the... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium

My sister-in-law, Andrea Hammer, knows I like science fiction and whiskey, so she found this book as a gift for Christmas. It is a fun little cocktail book with some interesting cocktails. Unfortunately, very few of them call for Bourbon... Continue Reading →

Holiday Cocktails 2021

During the holidays, people like to have parties with cocktails having a holiday theme. When I am looking to make cocktails I always start with the Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book and Joy Perrine. I published some of her cocktails last... Continue Reading →

Cocktails At The Bar At Fort Nelson

Michter’s recently re-opened the Bar at Fort Nelson in Louisville. They were the last of the Louisville distillers to re-open during the recent pandemic. Rosemary was excited to go with appropriate precaution and have a Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye Manhattan.... Continue Reading →

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