What All Red-Blooded American Men Truly Desire!

Enough said! Get yours now!


– The Bourboneer

Ghost Bar, 2021 Style!

In the past I have posted several Ghost Bar offerings. Haven’t really done so in a few years, but I have returned 2021. This year’s the theme is “Let’s get smashed! 🎃

So, here are a few great bourbon drinks for the upcoming Halloween/Autumn season. Enjoy!

My first selection comes from the great people at BoulderLocavore.com. It’s called “Grave Digger.” Here’s the recipe:

Grab your favorite hard cider, bourbon, ginger ale or ginger beer and a 12-16oz glass filled with ice. Now, listen closely, this is the tricky part. You must follow this step perfectly…Dump it all in the glass! That’s it! The portions are up to you.

The next selection is more of an Autumn offering. It’s called the “Apple Bottom” and it’s brought to us by Whiskeytangoglobetrot.com.

Here is the recipe:

– 2oz bourbon

– .75oz maple syrup

– .75oz lemon juice

– Gala apples

Cut up an apple slice and muddle it in the bottom of the glass. Then simply add the bourbon, syrup and lemon juice. Boom! Done!

Make one or both of these cocktails this ghostly season. And to make the experience even spookier sip your cocktail in a “Let’s get smashed!” T-shirt. Click on the link below.


Happy Halloween!

– The Bourboneer




Bourbon Togs!

The Bourboneer has created some unique bourbon T-shirts for your enjoyment. Grab one or all of your favorites. Share with all your fellow Bourboneers. Many more styles to come! (Click on links below for styles).




– The Bourboneer

May 4th: Bourbon Independence Day!

Everyone knows that May 4th is synonymous with “Star Wars Day.” This is the day the entire planet celebrates ‘Star Wars’ with gleeful greetings of “May the 4th be with you!” So let me be, if not the first then surely not the last, to provide my respectful offering to you all, “May the 4th be with you!”

As renown as this day has become for ‘Star Wars’ fans worldwide, it also happens to be just as celebrated for those who love bourbon. That’s right, that delicious brown water made right here in the U. S. of A. You see, on May 4th 1964, Congress passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 19, which designated bourbon whiskey as a distinctive product of the United States.

Ok, that’s awesome but what does that mean? It means bourbon, from that date forward, has been legally protected by law and can’t be produced in any other country! Other foreign distillers may copy bourbon recipes but they can never call it “bourbon.” Bourbon is strictly an American product…much like our beloved Star Wars!

‘Merica baby!

So my advice to you, on such a momentous day, would be to pour yourself a bourbon, whether neat, on the rocks, with water or ginger ale and turn on your favorite episode of Star Wars. Sip and enjoy!

As for me, the Bourboneer, I will be drinking a dram of Wilderness Trail Bourbon (KSBW) and watching Episode V, “The Empire Strikes Back!”

“May the 4th be with you!”

– The Bourboneer

The Dance of Ice, Stone and Steel

It kind of sounds like a Game of Thrones episode doesn’t it?

But what I am referring to when I say ice, stone and steel is the method in which you chill your favorite glass of bourbon…by using either ice, stone or steel!

Now if you enjoy your brown water “neat” then this article may not be of particular interest to you. However, I truly applaud your purist palate. For me, my bourbon is best served with ice or “on the rocks” as it’s commonly referred. Usually one large cube, never crushed, to really open up the flavor profiles. As the ice melts, it mildly dilutes and softens the burn of the alcohol which in turn enables your taste buds to experience the bourbon’s true flavors. Those wonderful notes of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, honey or chocolate (and so many more). Be careful not to drop the temperature too much, however. I recommend keeping the temperature above 40 degrees, if at all possible. Too much ice will prevent the subtle refinements of your bourbon from coming out. You will lose flavor. So I suggest one maybe two ice cubes depending on the size. I particularly use the large round cubes much like you’ll find in restaurants, but honestly there are silicone molds for almost any fancy. See below.

Yes, that is Han Solo in carbon freeze! Very poetic if you ask me 😄.

I am actually very thirsty now.

Getting back to the matter at hand. I’ve used all three methods to chill my bourbon. And I have to admit that using stone (soapstone cubes) was the most ineffective and my least favorite. After getting past the initial, mildly halting, moment of seeing actual stones in my glass, I found they were no comparison to ice. They lacked staying power when it came to temperature and obviously didn’t provide the desired dilution. Personally, I think there more of a “cool” gimmick. But that’s just my personal opinion.

Steel, on the other hand, retained its temperature much longer than stone. And contrary to some belief, there was no “metallic” taste residue at all. My steel of choice just so happens to be in the shape of rifle bullets. There is nothing that makes a statement, political, patriotic or otherwise, more than silver, steel bullets chilling your American made bourbon.


So you see, when it comes to chilling your bourbon, you have options. I suggest you try all three. For me, an ice cube or two works perfectly. But like anything else in life, it will simply boil down to your own personal preference. Cheers!

-The Bourboneer

Bourbon enjoyed while writing this article: Blanton’s Single Barrel KSBW. 46.5% ABV (93 proof), NAS. Blanton’s Distilling Company, Frankfurt, KY.