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Classic Whiskey Cocktails: American Style

"There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others."-- William Faulkner

Whiskey, the epic booze of the great American West. It's what the dust-covered cattle punchers and squint-eyed outlaws called for when they sidled up to the bar. And it was the belt of choice for tough-guy private-eyes of hardboiled fiction and American film noir. Yes, American culture is steeped in whiskey.

Bourbon or Whiskey?

Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey share much in common. They're both made from a mash of at least 51 percent corn, and they're both aged in charred oak barrels, which give them a mild, smoky-sweet character. Here are a handful of our favorite bourbon cocktails.

Top-rated classics:

That Ain't Bourbon, Jack

But there is a difference between Tennessee Whiskey and bourbon. Though both are charcoal filtered, Tennessee whiskey uses charcoal made exclusively from the Volunteer State's sugar maple trees. Can you taste a difference? Is the Tennessee whiskey a bit smokier? 

Top-Rated Blended Whiskey Cocktails

Blended whiskeys were Prohibition's parting gift to America. With repeal in 1933, whiskey makers were eager to meet the newly legal demand for booze. But it was bottom-of-the-barrel time in their warehouses. With reserves running low, they hit upon mixing spirits together.

Coming through the Rye

Before corn-based whiskeys stole the show, rye whiskeys were the rage. Today rye whiskey is mostly a blending booze, but it's also making a comeback behind the bar, starring once again in classic cocktails like the Sazerac and Manhattan.

Booze Foods

Don't drink alone. Add some food to the fun. We've picked several top-rated recipes to pair up with your favorite whiskey cocktails. 

Sep. 20, 2009 12:02 pm
As I grew up in the Bluegrass state - I'm quite fond of bourbon - so just wanted to give a little add'l info - on eof teh unique process is the natural limestone filtered water that i sused in the process. If you have a chance go to the makers there in Ky & visit their places - its is incredibly beautiful, interesting & fun to see how its made. California girl now but I miss the beauty there!
Sep. 20, 2009 12:04 pm
ahh hmm... just re read my comments - a little too much bourbon? he he, no just not a very good typist :)
Aug. 20, 2011 4:37 am
I'm an ex-pat of Tennessee and read last review:: I say the contest will always be won by Tennessee's whiskey for smooth with a smokey flavor hard to beat!! Not bad as ingredient in BBQ basting here's to Tennessee!!
May 12, 2013 5:33 am
Bourbons generally speaking are not charcoal filtered, unless you don't want to call yourself a bourbon. They will use some form of filtering process (usually a chill or screen), but not charcoal as it strips everything out of the whiskey. Jack could never be called bourbon so long as they charcoal filter.
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