Everyone has their drink of choice. Beer, vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, the list goes on and on. For some people, especially those with particularly patriotic sensibilities, drinking whiskey is their duty, and Maker's Mark has been more than happy to serve it's particular brand of bourbon to the American masses over the years. While it might seem like common knowledge to know that bourbon is in fact a type of whiskey, do you know what makes regular whiskey into a delicious bourbon like Maker's Mark? We were just as curious, so we decided to go straight to the source to get answers and attended a special Maker's Mark tasting event at Morton's The Steakhouse in downtown New York City.
Tomorrow night (Wed, October 9) join Heaven Hill Distilleries for an exclusive bourbon tasting event from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at American Whiskey in honor of the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund. This fund works towards finding a cure for ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease to live fuller lives by providing them with care and support.
The relatively new Kolo Klub, located above Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, in Hoboken, is all about the cocktails. With super mixologists straight from NYC, the bartenders here sure know how to whip up a mean drink. September is National Bourbon Month and luckily enough this cocktail den knows all about booze- especially bourbon. Try their Old Fashioned ($12) made with Jim Beam Rye/Bourbon, angostura bitters and garnished with a cherry and orange wedge or opt for their classic Manhattan ($12), which is comprised of Jim Beam Rye/Bourbon, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters and garnished with a cherry or lemon twist. Both cocktails can be made with Makers 46 or Knob Creek Rye for an additional charge. So celebrate bourbon like it’s going out of style at Kolo Klub!
It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!
Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).
Las Vegas may be the place to party, but for a relaxing and intriguing cocktail, Scottsdale, Arizona is the place to go. If you 're looking to sip on a pleasant bourbon beverage in honor of National Bourbon Month, The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has you covered. Enjoy the delicious Cowboy Killer Manhattan, so either head on over to order one up, or make your own!
Cowboy Killer Manhattan
2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. Grand Marnier
6 ea Grand Marnier soaked Morello Cherries
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 Grand Marnier soaked Morello Cherry Pick For Garnish
1. Muddle Cherries with a two dashes of bitters
2. Add remaining ingredients then ice and shake vigorously
3. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with Morello Cherry Pick
Brewery tours make for an ideal day trip with those out-of-town friends who are planning on crashing on your couch for the weekend; and Kings County Distillery would like to be on your short list. Nearly a year since moving to the historic Paymaster building in the Navy Yard, the distillery, which was founded in 2010, plans on offering $8 tours of the facility.
Guests will learn all about New York City’s distilling culture and get to taste the Kings County Moonshine, bourbon, and chocolate whiskey. It’s starting to sound like a trip to take on your own, just for the hell of it, doesn’t it? Co-founder David Haskell has also followed through on his plans to build a grain garden next door. The adjacent farm has been sprouting organic corn, barley, and pumpkins.
Nowadays you can’t go to a bar without seeing an array of Pinnacle Vodka bottles. Pinnacle comes in 30 different flavors (including vodka flavored vodka). Pinnacle isn’t alone. All the major vodka companies, Three Olives, Absolut, and others have flavored vodkas that have branched away from simple fruit-infused flavors. Our cocktail menu has become inundated with cake vodka, cookie dough vodka, and everyone’s favorite whipped cream vodka. Even something as timeless as a highball glass full of whiskey can be bacon-infused. The infused liquor trend is bound to continue as companies try to out do their competition with more creative, and most likely strange, flavors. Imagine Willy Wonkas’ 3-course chewing gum was in liquor form. Why eat when you can knock back some shots instead? Your other choice is to eat actual foods that are prepared by adding liquor to their recipes. No matter your DOC (drink of choice), unless you regularly drink Three Olives Bubble Gum, you’ll be able to find a delicious meal or snack using whatever liquor wets your whistle best.
With fall fast approaching what better way to kill the winter blues than with seasons hottest cocktails on offer. These winter warmers are sure to wet your whistle, while embracing the atmospheric elements in every form. Seasonal flavors are in full swing with apple, cranberry and pumpkin leading the way. Cinnamon and other spices add a splash of color and rich aroma to the mix.
Our quintessential top 5:
Apple Cider Calvados mojito mixture:
1 ounce of apple cider
1 cup of Calvados Apple Brandy
2 cubed apples
3 star anise