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.

https://viralstyle.com/chris-breme/lets-get-smashed

Happy Halloween!

– The Bourboneer

Links:

BoulderLocavore.com

Whiskeytangoglobetrot.com

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.

‘Merica!

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.

A New Beginning?

Nah! Just time I got back to it!

Happy 2020 to all you bourboneers out there! I’d first like to apologize for my lengthy absence. I had no intention of taking such a hiatus. Life just got in the way I guess. However, the time away did give me the opportunity to broaden, not only my bourbon palette, but my bourbon knowledge as well. Now, I can thankfully add such labels as Cream of Kentucky (KY), Slipknot No. 9 (IA), Walking Dead (Unk), Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style (KY), Rowan’s Creek (KY), St. Augustine Double Cask (FL) and Seacrets Distilling (MD) to my bourbon palette repository, just to name a few. I’d have to say the the Cream of Kentucky was delicious and what I expected from a Jim Rutledge offering. Of course you will pay a bit more for such a fine bourbon (@ $150 per 750ml). I was most surprised by the Walking Dead. It’s distilled from an unknown location, however, Diageo has their hand involved in the production. I was a bit wary of a bourbon semi-associated with the popular long-running television series. But I have to say it wasn’t bad, not bad at all. I’d even recommend trying it if you have the chance.

I added The Bourbon Bartender, The Old Fashioned and The Field Guide to Whisky titles to my ever growing library and would recommend all of them especially the Field Guide to Whisky. It’s incredibly informative, beautifully crafted and eye catching from front cover to back.

But enough about my absence and experiences. I am just happy to be back sharing all things bourbon. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season highlighted by bourbon in its many delicious forms. I look forward to staying in touch throughout 2020. Happy New Year!

BTW, Was Santa good to you this year?

I hope so. I guess I made the “nice” list. Under the tree this year, I found 2 bottles of Blanton’s, a bottle of Basil Hayden, Longbranch, Willett Pot Still Reserve and the coup de grace, a hand selected “Noe Country for Old Men” signature labeled bottle (#4513) of Knob Creek Single Barrel. Special thanks to my daughter, Erica, for cleverly figuring out on getting me such a thoughtful gift!

– The Bourboneer

Bourbon enjoyed while writing this article: Willett “Pot Still” Reserve KSBW. 94 proof (47%ABV), Aged 8 – 10 years. Willett Distillery, Bardstown, KY.

Fall is in the…glass

Fall is here and there is no better time to get creative with your bourbon. Nothing will warm you up better on a crisp autumn day like the four offerings I’ve listed below. Apple, maple syrup and honey are the prominent seasonal flavors in these drinks. Try one out and enjoy!

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Black Walnut Old Fashioned

  •      2 oz. bourbon (High Rye is preferable – Bulleit)
  •      1/2 oz. walnut liqueur
  •      3 dashes Angostura bitters
  •      Orange peel twist

 

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Hot Pants

  •      8 oz. apple cider
  •      3/4 oz lemon juice
  •      2 oz. maple bourbon (Knob Creek Smoked maple bourbon)
  •      1/4 oz. amaro nonino
  •      3/4 oz. salted caramel sauce
  •      dash of nutmeg
  •      cinnamon stick

 

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Apple Bottom

  •      2 oz. bourbon (Jim Beam)
  •      3/4 oz. maple syrup
  •      3/4 oz. lemon juice
  •      Gala apples

 

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Brown Derby

  •      1.5 oz. bourbon (Woodford Reserve)
  •      1 oz. grapefruit juice
  •      1.2 oz. honey syrup
  •      grapefruit peel twist

 

If none of these offerings meet your fancy or sound just too time consuming to make, then just do what I do. Pour a glass of your favorite bourbon and add a few drops of your preferred cinnamon whiskey (Jim Beam Kentucky Fire or Fireball) or maybe even a few ounces of apple cider like Angry Orchard or Bold Rock. It’s like fall in a glass! Cheers!

 

-The Bourboneer