Bourbon History



The Finlandia Oaks Lily – The Cocktail Of The Kentucky Oaks?

The Oaks Lily is the official cocktail of the Kentucky Oaks horse race on the Friday before Derby Saturday. With a name like “Kentucky Oaks” you would think it is a good Bourbon cocktail, correct? After all, what better connection... Continue Reading →

Brandy Cocktails Of The 19th Century

Americans have always loved their brandy. Before Prohibition there were over 400 brandy distilleries in Kentucky and a couple of dozen whiskey distilleries that also made brandy. Most of Kentucky’s brandy production was fruit brandy – apple, peach and pear,... Continue Reading →

The Whiskey Sour – A Summer Classic Cocktail

During the warm, summer season, people like a drink that is refreshing – a little sweet, a little sour and cold. The whiskey sour fills this need in all three ways. It is a little sweet but has the tartness... Continue Reading →

The Mint Julep

Springtime in Kentucky means mint juleps. People either love them or hate them. I fall more into the latter category myself. I have had a few good mint juleps, but only rarely. Molly Wellmann made me a very good mint... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Cocktails Of 1935

The Repeal of Prohibition brought back the American bar and the cocktail hour. With Repeal, Ben Burk. Inc., the makers of the Old Mr. Boston line of spirits that included whiskey, gin, rum and liqueurs, decided to take the lead... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Cocktails of the 1880s

The cocktail culture of today, has its roots in the 19th century. I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the whiskey cocktails of the 1880s to see how they compare to today’s whiskey cocktails. I have... Continue Reading →

The Hot Toddy – A Winter Classic

As winter weather becomes colder, many people will turn to a Hot Toddy to warm those snowy evenings or to ease the symptoms of a cold.  There has always been a tradition of drinking a hot toddy when a person... Continue Reading →

Manhattans On The American Queen

This year for my birthday, Rosemary and I went on a trip on the American Queen for their Civil War cruise. The cruise started in Chattanooga, Tennessee and ended eight days later in Memphis, Tennessee, cruising the Tennessee, Ohio and... Continue Reading →

Maggie’s Favorite Cigar And Cocktail Stories From 2018

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is already over and it’s jarring to start forcing myself to type 2019 in preparation. But 2018 was a great year, and I had some great adventures with Bourbon Veach and Rosemary this year.... Continue Reading →

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