It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month! (Yes, I know, I am a little late)
According to Forbes, two thirds of women are bourbon drinkers. I personally do not find this surprising, because I LOVE a nice cold glass of bourbon with an orange peel.
My boyfriend, Jamie, recently introduced me to higher end bourbons such as Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s and Booker’s. My first whiskey was Canadian, Crown Royal to be exact, with my father. He would always tell me to drink it straight, don’t dilute it. So without a mixer, I enjoyed my whiskey neat or on the rocks, but never with a mixer. Although I hate to go against my Daddy’s wishes, I do enjoy a bourbon cocktail just as much as a bourbon neat, depending on my mood.
Even though I have worked in bars and restaurants most of my life, until I did some research for this post, I really had no clue what differentiated whiskey from bourbon. What sets one apart from the other? You may have heard that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Confusing right? Well I have done a bit of research for you. According to Men’s Journal, whiskey has to have 6 different factors to be considered bourbon.
- Made in the U S of A. Yep, that’s right, bourbon is whiskey distilled in the United States. (95% of which is made in Kentucky)
- The mash, or mixture of grains from which it is distilled, must be at least 51% corn.
- Must be aged in new, charred, white oak barrels. (to increase flavor and add color)
- Must go into the barrel at 165 proof and be distilled to no more than 160 proof.
- Must be bottled at no less than 80 proof.
- Must not contain any added flavoring, coloring, or other additives. (the charred barrels give it the only flavor and coloring that it needs)
Some of the local watering holes in Delray Beach were kind enough to give me some of their cocktails that feature bourbon to share with you.
Max’s Social House‘s Camp Nowhere, with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, pear brandy, all spice dram, apple cider, sweetened with local honey, offers a seasonal bourbon cocktail. Instead of the traditional orange peel it is garnished with a pear slice. 116 NE 6th Ave., Delray Beach, FL, 561-501-4332
City Oyster‘s Twisted Knob is made with Knob Creek Bourbon, Campari, splash of sour, and simple syrup. Served over ice and garnished with an orange and cherry. 213 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL, 561-272-0220
32 East‘s Bourbon Boisson is made with Maker’s Mark and Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur. It is stirred with orange and dark chocolate bitters and then strained into a rocks glass. Served garnished with the traditional orange peel. 32 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL, 561-276-7868
Some of my other favorite bars to enjoy bourbon in Palm Beach County are:
- Sweetwater– 1507 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, Fl
- Park Tavern– 32 S.E. 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL
- Fat Rooster– 204 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL
I know we don’t have much time left in the month of September, but the fact of the matter is, bourbon is good in any month! How do you like your bourbon best?
Have I missed one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments.