Bourbon History



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 →

Gin Cocktails

Rosemary likes a good gin cocktail. One of her favorite events I did was at The Filson Historical Society for Repeal Day when we made a Gin and Tonic with a 1930s Gordon Gin. Her question for me is why... Continue Reading →

Derby Day Cocktails

Joy Perrine was a local legend as the bartender at Jack’s since the early 1980s. She passed away over a year ago now, but is still remembered in Louisville for her excellent cocktails made at Jack’s. Derby was a favorite... Continue Reading →

Pre-Prohibition Applejack Cocktails

The term “applejack” is hard to define. I have read or heard several different definitions. One source says apple jack is made by freeze distillation – the process of taking hard apple cider and sitting it outside on a sub-freezing... Continue Reading →

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