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Bourbon Cocktails Make a Comeback 
Sep. 26, 2011 12:49 pm 
Sitting on a recent Southwest Airlines flight, I read a surprising statement – Bourbon-aging barrels outnumber the state’s residents by 360,000 in Kentucky. Being a Vodka-loving girl, I had no idea that drinks like the Sidecar and the Manhattan had gained in popularity.

Apparently wine is not the only thing that must age in a barrel – most of the bourbon whiskey is laid down for six to eight years. Eating dinner in Denver that night, I decide to see what the fascination is and order a Manhattan – on the rocks – with dinner.

The first sip leaves a good impression – not too sweet and warms the tummy very nicely. This is a perfect starter drink as you wait in the bar for your table. And it’s definitely a drink worth sipping and savoring – more than one could be a dangerous thing. I talk to the bartender to get his recipe for making the drink and it’s so easy.

If you’d like to try it at home:

- 3 oz. Bourbon
- 1 1/2 oz. Vermouth
- splash cherry juice
- Maraschino cherry

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Over the ice, pour the bourbon, vermouth and cherry juice. Stir well and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

That’s it – drink and enjoy. Cheers!  Let me know if you have other favorite cocktails using Bourbon, here or at< .
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