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Friday, June 14, 2019

Flask Friday! It's National Bourbon Day! Hooray!







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.
Huh?
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
OK, cool. But what about the TASTE difference between whiskey and bourbon? Well, that really depends on what type of whiskey you are using in comparison. You've got all the "no E" whiskys: Scotch whisky, Rye whisky Canadian whisky, Tennessee whisky (which is pretty much bourbon as far as I'm concerned); but, I'm only going to address the best of them, the whiskey with an "e"- the superior Irish whiskey. Fight me.

What it comes down to is that Irish whiskey is triple distilled and has a cleaner taste. Bourbon is sweeter and has a smokey, woodsy, taste. It is all just a matter of preference.

But really, let's get to the important stuff; let's talk about a cocktail that you can make with bourbon that even a die-hard Irish whiskey girl can love. I went searching on the internet for a recipe with all ingredients that I already had on hand...turns out there wasn't one; so I "Frankensteined" a cocktail and I think it turned out pretty good! I call it the Fuck You, Mitch McConnell! (It's made with Colorado bourbon, btw).

Bonus! I'll show ya' how to make it in this video below. Ina Garten's got nothing on me.





* 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

INGREDIENTS:

Simple syrup-
  • 1 c water
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 10 sage leaves
Bring all ingredients to a boil; simmer 2 minutes. Remove sage leaves, pour into a container and let chill.

Cocktail:
  • 2 oz premade simple syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice (or to taste)
  • lemon peel and sage sprig to garnish
Pour simple syrup, bourbon, lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake. Pour over crushed ice. Add garnishes.

Voila! And cheers!


1 comment:

Parramunoz88 said...

Omg!!! Best one yet!!! Awesome video!!! But I am sticking to my whiskey!!!

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