Today is Flask Friday! Time to enjoy a cocktail or three. And today is National Bourbon Day, so it's an even better excuse to knock back the giggle water.
Today's post is a mini know-getter; so I'm going to try to keep my rambling's short and sweet.
I notoriously love whiskey (Irish whiskey to be exact), but I must admit I don't take quite the same (moon)shine to bourbon. In fact, I've never fully even taken the time to learn the exact differences between whiskey and bourbon...other than I know I like one better than the other.
So, I better go get that "know," right?
To keep it elegantly simple: all bourbons are whiskeys, but not all whiskeys are bourbons.
Ok, so bourbon is a type of whiskey, originating in, and exclusive to the United States.
The actual origin story is a bit fuzzy (like me after a few bourbons), but it gets its name either from Kentucky or Lousianna. While the name "bourbon" is technically derived from the Bourbon dynasty of France; the whiskey variation was either born in Bourbon County, Kentucky or Bourbon Street, New Orleans...it just depends on which historian you ask.
Speaking of Kentucky; fuck Mitch McConnell.
And speaking of the GOP; just like women's bodies, bourbon is highly legislated and regulated. More specifically, there are legal qualifications for a whiskey to be called a bourbon. According to Wikipedia, bourbon must be:
- made in the U.S.
- made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
- aged in new, charred oak containers
- distilled to no more than 160 U.S. proof
- entered into a container for aging to no more than 125 proof
- bottled at 80 proof or more
* FYI- in this video, my husband yells "knock it off" to the cats who are fighting off-camera; he is not yelling at me. He is not Ralph Cramden.
**The last lines of the video before it cuts off: "I can't believe I cleaned my kitchen for this shit."
***This video was fun to shoot. The morning buzz was an added bonus.
****My stove is fine.
*****You should totes subscribe to my YouTube channel Know-Getter
- 1 c water
- 1/2 c honey
- 10 sage leaves
- 2 oz premade simple syrup
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 oz lemon juice (or to taste)
- lemon peel and sage sprig to garnish