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