Bourbon History



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 →

Bourbon Punches

I am often asked for advice on entertaining with Bourbon. On our recent trip on the American Duchess, our dinner table mates, Bill and Nancy, were asking about a Bourbon Punch they could serve at a party they were planning... Continue Reading →

Prohibition Era Rye Whiskey Cocktails

During Prohibition, Bourbon was hard to come by in European markets. Canadian whisky was easily substituted for rye whiskey so many rye whiskey cocktails survived and became popular. I thought I would look at a few of them in my... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Savoy Cocktail Book

Prohibition in the United States drove many talented bartenders overseas to make a living. The result of this migration of talent is that cocktails became very popular in Europe. This led to a huge boost to the cocktail culture in... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Cocktails At The Brown Hotel

In the year 2000, then head chef Joe Castro of the Brown Hotel in Louisville published a recipe book titled From the Barrel to the Table; Cooking with Classic Kentucky Bourbons. The Brown Hotel has always had a very good... Continue Reading →

Summer Fruit Cocktails

Summer is quickly approaching and the summer fruits are ripening. June is the time of making trips to Huber’s Winery and Orchard to get fresh strawberries and the annual visit from the Georgia-based peach truck. Blackberries and raspberries will quickly... Continue Reading →

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