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Ultimate Bourbon Burger

Oct 21, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

There is just something magical about a large juicy burger - no matter what time of year it is. It can be adapted to fit almost any occasion, and is served at 5-star restaurants and corner pubs. This burger recipe combines the juiciness and saltiness of the burger with the complexity of bourbon; caramel notes, spiciness and richness. if you are looking to wow your guests, then this is the burger you'll want to serve.

What Is Vodka Sauce?

Sep 06, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

This basic sauce contains onions or garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, crushed tomatoes, seasonings such as herbs, and vodka. To prepare the sauce, you want to use a wide, shallow saucepan so that the sauce cooks evenly and the ingredients don't stack up in the pan.

Bourbon Balls in Kentucky: The Full Story

Aug 17, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Anybody who loves chocolate and high-quality spirits shouldn't be surprised that the two make a great combination. In fact, one Southern delicacy that has stood the test of time is the bourbon ball. If you've never heard of bourbon balls, you're missing out.

Bourbon Steak

Aug 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

It's hard to imagine a better way to prepare a juicy steak than to marinate it in a fine Rabbit Hole Distillery bourbon or, incorporate bourbon into a sauce or glaze to top your steak. Choosing the proper cut of meat for your bourbon steak is essential. Planning ahead and marinating the steak properly is also important. These factors can impact the flavor and tenderness of the cut...

BBQ Chicken Tacos + Bourbon

Aug 12, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Looking to spice up taco Tuesday or simply want to try a new baja-inspired twist on regular tacos? Try these bourbon-infused bbq chicken tacos! One look at the ingredients list and you will see how fresh and simple these are to make. Inspired by tastes of American southwest and Mexico, these tacos are divine!

Bourbon Chicken: Ultimate Recipe Guide

Aug 11, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The first bourbon chicken likely had no bourbon in it at all. Bourbon is not a common ingredient in Chinese cooking. That's why many believe the dish name is derived from the restaurant's location on Bourbon Street.

Ham Balls

Aug 10, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Looking for an appetizer that surprises and delights your guests? Ham balls are the perfect rich, salty sticky and satisfying treat for game nights, bourbon tasting events or any occasion where you don't want to bring those crock pot BBQ meat balls (yet again). Plus, the glaze infused with premium Dareringer bourbon will let your dish shine!

Bread Pudding

Aug 09, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Soft, chewy bread with a warm thick pudding topped with a heavenly bourbon glaze. perfect for Sunday brunch - especially when paired with a Vodka Bellini. Share with family, friends - or strangers! Perfect for any occasion or season where dense, comfort food desserts are required. 

Whiskey Cake: History & Recipe

Aug 07, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

If you love whiskey, then you may be looking for fresh and unique ways to enjoy the delicious and complex flavors of your favorite brand. One excellent way to get the maximum benefit out of a delicious bottle of whiskey is to use it in your cooking and baking, bringing the flavors you love to drink into the food you love to eat...

Bourbon Meatballs

Aug 05, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

An appetizer with a "spiked" attitude! A rick bourbon infused glaze turn ordinary cocktail meatballs into a delectable dish that your friends, family and guests will rave about. The biggest decision you'll have to make is whether or not you'll share your recipe. These are ready-to-eat and simple using a toothpick or fork.

Rye Brownie Bites

Aug 04, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Be prepared for the ultimate sensory amplification with these rye whiskey brownie bites. Drizzled in salted caramel, chewy - fudge - dense, these are the brownies that will leave you and your guests speechless. Pairs well with ice cold milk, or a White Russian cocktail.

Bourbon Pecan Monkey Bread

Aug 03, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

This delectable, sweet, sticky and divine dessert is perfect for special occasions, holidays or a random Sunday morning breakfast. Recipe can be altered to be made without bourbon - but what kind of world would that be? This monkey bread combines rich chocolate, sea salted caramel in a ooey-gooey pull apart treat for the bourbon lover in your life. 

Salmon Rice Bowl With Bourbon Glaze

Aug 02, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

This fresh, healthy and simple recipe will impress your guests and your personal trainer! Like having a "naked sushi" roll in a bowl, the sweet, spicy and fresh flavors of salmon and veggies coated with a heavenly honey bourbon glaze will leave you feeling the ultimate zen. 

Bourbon Glazed Grilled Corn Ribs

Aug 01, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

What started on TikTok as a trending way to prepare and grill corn has evolved to hundreds of different recipes featuring corn ribs. Corn ribs are essentially cutting a corn cob into fourths; but that gives even more surface area to be seasoned with something sticky and full of bourbon flavor - like honey bourbon glaze! 

National Bourbon Day Exclusive: BBQ Bourbon Chicken

Jun 03, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

BBQ Bourbon chicken is perhaps the best dish to celebrate National bourbon Day 2022! This dish originally gets it's name from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, which was named after the house of bourbon - and is interconnected to the early bourbon trade and distribution among colonists under British rule. Spicy, savory, delicious.

French Winter Wheat Vodka Sauce Recipe

May 09, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

This unique and best tasting Vodka sauce recipe, or "Penne Alla Vodka" – is a rich, warm, spicy, creamy and silky sauce using San Marzano tomatoes and premium French winter wheat vodka. Seasoned with fresh herbs and parmesan, this recipe is a winner for entertaining guests, or a night in with family. This vodka sauce recipe will quickly become a favorite in any home!

Nasi Goreng Recipe With Bourbon Ginger Sauce

May 05, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Nasi goreng is essentially Indonesia's take on fried rice. In addition to kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), the bourbon peanut ginger sauce you'll drizzle over this mound of umami mountain of goodness is what sets this nasi goreng recipe apart from other fried-rice variations you'll see on TikTok, or the internet. While traditional versions call for shrimp paste, this recipe omits it - some would say this version is more aptly called nasi goreng cina, or simply, "Chinese fried rice."

Bourbon Infused Birria Tacos Recipe

May 02, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Traditionally made with goat meat, Birria tacos have been a food sensation long before their resurgence in popularity on TikTok. Beef and bourbon give these historically delicious birria tacos a modern flavor twist; creating a chewy, crunchy, rich and satisfying taste.

Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

Apr 27, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Fill your home with a heavenly aroma of bacon, bourbon and sweet onions - and fill your stomach with the sweet, salty smokey taste of bourbon and bacon with this first-ever bourbon bacon jam recipe! A universal topping for just about anything that can be enhanced with bacon and bourbon. Swap your standard TikTok bacon jam recipe for this grown up and more "refined" take on a sensational recipe!

TikTok-Inspired Baked Bourbon and Feta Pasta

Apr 27, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

By now, TikTok Pasta - or more specifically, "Baked Feta Pasta" has become a major recipe trend. While there are lots of slight variations, there are none that incorporate BOURBON into the sauce. This single addition creates a symphony of flavor; the bourbon not only adds a layer of complexity, but the alcohol and naturally occurring notes of the bourbon in this TikTok pasta variation acts as a "bridge" between the tomatoes, olive oil, feta, herbs and spices.

BBQ Ribs With Bourbon Sauce Recipe

Apr 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

DIY BBQ Ribs With Bourbon Sauce slathered over these juicy ribs. The smell alone will make your mouth water! Be sure to include plenty of napkins and invite over a good friend, significant other - or maybe just a neighbor. Add premium bourbon on the side, and you have the start of a great evening!

Best Whiskey Cake Recipe

Apr 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Whiskey cake is the new cake sensation! Not all whiskey cake is created equal. If you are new to making whiskey cake, or have tried other whiskey cake recipes - this one "takes the cake" (pun intended). Enjoy this with a nice pour of one of our fine bourbons, or after one of our exciting meal recipes. 

Wild Venison Steaks With Bourbon BBQ Recipe

Apr 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Venison. Wild Venison Steaks With Bourbon BBQ Recipe, to be more specific. Early man (and woman) caught sight of these majestic creatures as they charged thunderously across the wild plains of North America. A primal urge for something more substantial than leaves and twigs enticed mankind to create sharp objects to dispatch what would soon be BBQ. While many dinner plates over the centuries have long forgotten this wild and wonderful feast of beast, you have the full authority to introduce this wild taste of antiquity to modern dinner tables.

Bourbon-Infused Moose Steak with Wild Rice and Porcini Mushrooms

Apr 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Break free from the ordinary with this wild and bourbon-infused take on wild game recipe. Paired with wild rice and delectable porcini mushrooms - it is the definition of extraordinary. The earliest known evidence of moose hunting was found in Alaska. Scientists date these sites to around 13,000 years ago at the Broken Mammoth archaeological site in the middle Tanana River valley. Moose have been hunted as long as people have been in Alaska - and as long as mankind have hunted wild game. A moose, for many, was the surest way to know your family would make it through a harsh winter. 

DIY - Bourbon Orange BBQ Sauce Recipe

Apr 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Looking for something different to slather on your grilled meats this BBQ season? Why not try this bourbon orange BBQ sauce - a homemade recipe because we don't need no stinkin' store-bought! We are makers. We are grillers. Your hungry fans await - go forth, and create magic on the grill this spring and summer!

Hot 'N Spicy Bourbon Chicken Wings Recipe

Apr 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Try these simple, crowd-pleasing hot 'n spicy chicken wings with bourbon hot sauce at your next gathering. Sweet, spicy, smokiness of bourbon - you can't go wrong. These hot 'n spicy bourbon chicken wings are a great alternative to the typical "buffalo" style chicken wings.

DIY Bourbon Beef Jerky Recipe

Apr 19, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Take advantage of this bourbon infused beef jerky for outdoor trips or fo trips to the office for a quick afternoon snack, High protein, flavorful and simple to make.

Bourbon Chocolate Coconut Easter Eggs

Apr 13, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The perfect Easter egg treat for grown ups! If you love those candy bars with a similar profile - chocolate exterior, chewy coconut interior - only with the added bonus of fine bourbon! A perfect addition to that Easter basket to someone special - surprise your husband, wife, loved one - or anyone with this tasty Easter treat for adults!

Deluxe Apricot Ginger & Bourbon Glazed Salmon

Apr 12, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

During a layover in Washington state, one of our contributors happened to visit a small and unassuming little restaurant where they ordered what they described as "a heavenly piece of salmon." Turns out, it was more specifically a "Apricot and Ginger Glazed Salmon Recipe." We got our chefs to work in recreating the flavors and adding a special ingredient - bourbon! - to the recipe. The result? Something truly magnificent in terms of balance and taste. This can wow guests for a special occasion, or wow your family any night of the week! 

Easy Baked Alaskan Salmon With Dill Dijon Sauce

Apr 12, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Enjoy this baked Alaskan salmon recipe with dill dijon sauce for a special spring time dinner! Salmon is very healthy, and rich in Omega-3 fats and oils. Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. The special dill sauce really adds a flavorful "pop" to this already delicious salmon dinner!

Bourbon Lovers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apr 08, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

A grownup twist on a childhood favorite! Who doesn't love chocolate? What about bourbon? How about putting them together? Our chocolate chip bourbon cookies with salted caramel bourbon on top recipe is the perfect treat for any occasion. 

New for 2022! KY Derby Chocolate Bourbon Balls

Apr 08, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Amazing Kentucky Derby Bourbon Balls! Chocolate Bourbon balls are a Kentucky favorite. Some wait all year for these in anticipation of the holiday season. Fortunately, you can indulge in this most delectable treat any time fo the year with this best-ever bourbon balls recipe!

The Best Baked Bourbon Chicken Recipe

Apr 07, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Sometimes you have a craving for salty, spicy, fried and bourbon. This dish combines them all and is a dinner that will quickly become a permanent one in your weekly rotation. Plus, you can sip on the most important ingredient while cooking! Bourbon chicken can be made stovetop or in the oven. This is a quick and amazingly delicious oven baked recipe for bourbon chicken. It truly is the best baked bourbon chicken recipe. 

Braided Challah Bread

Apr 07, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Challah is a special bread of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, usually braided and typically eaten on ceremonial occasions such as Shabbat and major Jewish holidays. Ritually acceptable challah is made of dough from which a small portion has been set aside as an offering. Challah may also refer to the dough offering.

Bourbon Honey Glazed Easter Ham

Apr 07, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Easter means gatherings with family and friends. Why not make the event memorable with this rich and flavorful bourbon Easter ham recipe! Salty, succulent and packed with deep bourbon flavor - this ham is a crowd pleaser.

Romano Cheese Easter Bread

Apr 07, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Also called "Crescia al Formaggio" - this Easter bread is a classic Italian favorite. While still somewhat new to the west, it is enjoyed throughout Italy and much of Europe as an Easter tradition. It can be made in two bread loaf pans, or a round bundt pan. 

Bourbon-Laced Deviled Eggs

Apr 07, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Deviled eggs: a must-have for many a cookouts, outdoor gatherings, Easter brunch - and just about any time you're required to bring a side dish to someone's house. Why not spice up the boring with these bourbon-infused deviled eggs? You will make your mark and be praised for your twist on this spring and summer gathering staple. 

Best Simple Bourbon Chicken

Apr 06, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Sweet, sticky and spicy! This bourbon chicken recipe is simple to prepare, yet it's flavor is complex. It brings together a deep and rich bourbon flavor with familiar Asian-inspired seasoning. Bourbon chicken is served at many malls and restaurant chains, however - most use artificial additives and preservatives. In fact, many "bourbon chicken" recipes do not actually contain any bourbon at all. If you are looking for authentic bourbon chicken with real bourbon flavoring - then this is your recipe. Bourbon chicken is satisfying, easy to prepare and reheats well. Bourbon chicken is great for quick dinners as well as lunches. Bourbon chicken can be made in the oven, or simmered on the stovetop like this recipe.

Luxe Chocolate Whiskey Cake

Apr 06, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

You may have looked tirelessly for that "copycat" whiskey cake recipe, but this is the real deal. Pure unbridled chocolate with a destiny intertwined with whiskey. With hints of warm vanilla and rich dark coffee.

Amazing (And Super Simple) Chicken Wings

Apr 06, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Unexpected guests can show up any time. Be forever-ready with this quick, easy and delicious chicken wing recipe. Break away from where the "buffalo" roam, and serve your gusts something so savory - they'll think you have a personal chef. Perfect for unexpected guests - or simply treat yourself while binging on your favorite series.

The Best Bourbon Buffalo Chicken Wings

Apr 06, 2022 Rabbit hole Distillery

Love bourbon? What about buffalo wings? While it is great to compliment a plate of steaming hot buffalo wings with a glass of premium bourbon, what about combining the two? Crispy, spicy and chewy hot wings slathered in a rick, silky-smooth and buttery coating of bourbon-based spicy wing sauce. Mouth watering yet? Try this recipe for game night, or any night you want something wild!

Bourbon Cherries - Chef Lawrence Weeks

Dec 10, 2021 Justin Pakdaman

Bourbon-infused cherries using Dareringer Straight Bourbon Finished in PX Sherry Casks

Boozy Brownies

Dec 10, 2021 Justin Pakdaman

A boozy and delicious treat using Ghirdadheli brownie mix and Dareringer bourbon

Chocolate Mousse with Whiskey

Dec 10, 2021 Justin Pakdaman

Making chocolate mousse with Boxergrail High-rye whiskey - chocolate and rye pairs so well together!

Spiced Roast Pork Recipe

Oct 11, 2021 Dennis Birkemeier

"When I think of pork in America, my mind goes to barbecue: rubbed with spices, cooked low and slow, and served with slaw.

Best Classic Whiskey Highball Cocktail

Sep 21, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Back in the 1800's, the whiskey highball was mixed with plain soda water. How boring! Since the 1920's (the "Gilded Age"), it has been mixed with ginger ale; which perfectly compliments the crisp citrus taste of the lemon. Enjoy this classic cocktail at your next outing  - ask for a "Boxergrail Highball." 

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Sep 21, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Summer isn't quite over, so take a deep plunge into a tall glass of everything "summer" with this spiked watermelon lemonade cocktail. Within minutes, you can have a pitcher full of fond memories sitting by the pool one last time, or sip the refreshing and crisp happiness as you fire up the BBQ grill one last time.

Best Maple Bourbon Smash

Sep 21, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

As the leaves begin to change, our affinity for all things "autumn" change as well. This Maple Bourbon Smash Cocktail is perfect for cozy nights beside a bonfire, or just relaxing at home with a cozy blanket and PJ's. The rich, sweet taste of bourbon with a crisp hint of orange and lemon makes this cocktail a mainstay throughout the fall season!

La Croix and Lavender Mocktail COCKTAIL

Sep 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

As autumn approaches for most of North America, it is important now more than ever to savor the last kiss of summer before it is gone; giving way to the cold and dark days ahead. What better way to sip final memory-making moments of summer than with this refreshing summer-inspired cocktail featuring Liddel French Winter Wheat Vodka and the crips, slightly bitter "punch" of pink grapefruit juice? Add to that some La Croix and Lavender and you have a tall glass of warm summer days.

Bourbon Infused Dalgona Coffee

Sep 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

A proper preparation of the TikTok inspired "dalgona coffee" trend, this cocktail combines the complex and sweet Cavehill four grain bourbon with rich flavors of coffee and chocolate esters. Enjoy this amazing cocktail over Sunday brunch, or for a cozy afternoon pick-me-up. Perfect for any occasion.

Spiked Adaptogenic Hot Cocoa

Sep 19, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Adaptogens and adaptogenic based drinks and "mocktails" are all the rage. Why not combine the best of both worlds? Get the health benefits of adaptogens while including the deep and complex taste of a premium bourbon? Try this ultimate spiked adaptogenic hot cocoa recipe for a cocktail like no other!

Best Whiskey For Whiskey Sour

Sep 16, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

Anyone familiar with common whiskey cocktails has likely heard of the whiskey sour. This simple drink adds a powerful punch of flavor to an otherwise straightforward whiskey.

Best Whiskey Cocktails

Sep 15, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

Whiskey cocktail trends come and go. However, some of the best whiskey cocktails withstand the test of time and become a favorite beverage among generations. We're confident you'll find your favorite best whiskey cocktail here...

Gin Martini vs Vodka Martini

Sep 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

A martini is made with either vodka or gin and vermouth. How do you decide whether to add gin or vodka to your martini? Gin versus vodka in a martini is one of the oldest debates in history, and the answer to the best martini depends on who you ask. Understanding the different flavors and distillation processes can help you choose the best martini drink...

Bourbon Cocktails For Autumn

Sep 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Some scents and flavors can instantly put you into the fall mood. The smells of apple, cinnamon, pecans, and pumpkin easily take you from summer pool parties to cozy fall nights spent around the fireplace. These fall bourbon cocktails will both satisfy and warm you this season as you mingle with friends for Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. Here are 10 of our favorite bourbon cocktails...

Best Gin Cocktails

Sep 11, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Looking for distinctive ways to use your favorite bottle of gin? You can combine the best gin with tonic for a classic cocktail or add fresh grapefruit or cucumbers for a unique concoction. Either way, the best gin makes for some of the most refreshing cocktails...

Best Bourbon For Manhattan

Sep 07, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

A manhattan is a classic American cocktail. Although its origins are mysterious, there's no mystery in why this cocktail has been a popular bar request for over a century. It's a drink that blends the floral with the fortified and sweet with the spicy. While the recipe is simple and unchanged, choosing the best bourbon for your manhattan is an important part of the mixing process

10 Of The Best Vodka Cocktails

Sep 05, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

Vodka by itself offers a clean, smooth flavor. It pairs perfectly with many other ingredients to create the best vodka cocktails. Whether looking for the perfect holiday cocktail or your go-to drink, we have compiled a list of the best vodka cocktails for you to sip and savor...

New York Sour

Aug 21, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The New York Sour is an upgraded version of the Whiskey Sour recipe. It features whiskey, lemon, sugar, egg white with a float of dry red wine. The wine adds another layer of complexity working in unison with the high rye bourbon; and a beautiful red color. Other names this popular cocktail have carried is the Continental Sour.

Bourbon Sour

Aug 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Spirit, citrus fruit and sugar—the original trio — combine to form the classic sour, one of the oldest types of cocktails which hail from early 1700's and 1800's sailors and pirates. Popular for mystical powers to stave off scurvy while making long voyages across the ocean more tolerable; sours hold a decisive place in world history. The bourbon Sour is a slightly different take on the traditional whiskey sour. Still well within the "sour family" yet stands strong on it's own. Rich complex notes form fine bourbon, a citrus kick with a sweet finish. The Bourbon Sour os refreshing and classy.

Best Clover Club Cocktail

Aug 19, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

It was the late 1800s at Philadelphia’s Bellevue-Stratford hotel in which the Clover Club cocktail was born. The hotel was a popular hangout for writers, lawyers and titans of industry, who frequented the hotel as a networking place of sorts. As with most meetings in those days; discussions included drinks. The Clover Club was an immediate hit with the "in" crowd.  The Clover Club was a pre-Prohibition favorite and one of  Philadelphia’s greatest contributions to cocktail history. 

Gin Gimlet Cocktail

Aug 18, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Born from necessity, the gimlet is in a family of cocktails known as "sours." Sailors and pirates alike in the 1800's suffered from scurvy while on long voyages across the open seas. Adding citrus fruits to their spirits seemed to stave off this unsavory condition while making their drinks more potable. Necessity is the mother of invention, and thus - the gimlet and other sours were created.

Bourbon Sidecar

Aug 17, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The bourbon sidecar uses four grain bourbon instead of brandy, which is what the original sidecar uses. It is a refreshing cocktail that can replace Sunday brunch mimosas, or enjoyed anytime. Impress your guests with this simple yet complex tasting cocktail thanks to Cavehill Four Grain Bourbon.

The Boulevardier

Aug 16, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The Boulevardier. In Somewhat slang French translation, it means "a man running about town." It was also the name of a 1920's magazine publication in Paris for which the Boulevardier cocktail was named after. The magazine was a pocket guide of sorts for expats living in France. The cocktail, however, lives wherever premium bourbon is served. 

Irish Coffee

Aug 15, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

A perfect early morning cocktail for cold autumn months, or winter break. Honestly, any weekend is a perfect time to enjoy this classic cocktail that can trace it's origins back to the early 1950's in Ireland. It is a perfect balance of rich and warm espresso with high rye whiskey and a sweet cream topping.

Cosmopolitan Recipe

Aug 13, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

This Cosmopolitan cocktail recipe is light and refreshing. For about a decade, the Cosmopolitan cocktail was the most popular drink in America. Bartenders would make hundreds of them a night. The original Cosmopolitan cocktail was created in the 1980's by a Miami bartender named Cheryl Cook while she was working at a popular South Beach bar called the Strand.

Ultimate Bloody Mary

Aug 12, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Making a Bloody Mary is simple, and personalization for garnishments can be endless. A popular trend is hosting a Sunday Bloody Mary bar where guests can pile on the garnishments to create true works of art. The original Bloody Mary was rather straight forward; it contained seven ingredients: vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, celery salt, Tabasco and lemon juice. There are several cultural variations, and is a great way to start the day (and get a serving or two of veggies!)

Negroni

Aug 11, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The Negroni is an easy to make cocktail and many find it to be bitter, but in all the right ways. It is refreshing, and crisp with a hint of orange. Tales of the Negroni origin start in antiquity in the city of Florence by the Italian court Camillo Negroni sometime around the early 20th century. It is said that while Camillo was at a fine spirits establishment in Florence, he asked that the barkeep fortify his favorite drink (the Americano) by adding gin. The bartender complied with his wishes, and after creating this new drink - replaced the lemon peel common in the Americano with an orange peel. Voila! A classic is born - the Negroni.

Vesper Cocktail Recipe

Aug 10, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The Vesper, sometimes also called a "Vesper Martini", was ordered by James Bond in the book Casino Royale. James Bond author Ian Fleming created the vesper and introduced it through the James Bond character. Published in 1953, the vesper cocktail has a rich history. The cocktail is named for the James Bond series double agent Vesper Lynd. Today, it is simply known as "refreshing" and strong enough to melt away a long day at the office.

Vodka Bellini

Aug 09, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Love Mimosas? Who doesn't! But what about taking your Sunday brunch up a notch with a Liddel Vodka peach Bellini? It is just as light and refreshing for a mid-day cocktail, but a little more extravagant and upscale. It makes great use of summertime peaches, and will leave you and your guests satisfied, chilled and refreshed!

Top 10 Popular Bourbon Drinks

Aug 08, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Bourbon is one of the most popular spirits in the world (and for good reason). While it is often preferred to drink premium bourbon straight, it's also the primary ingredient in many of the world's most popular and delicious cocktails...

Whiskey Mojito

Aug 06, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

An Irish take on the Cuban mint classic Mojito cocktail, the whiskey mojito is a sweet and refreshing cocktail perfect for spring (mint julep alternative), or for any season. Extra ice enhances the whiskey notes, and the high rye whiskey really rounds it out.

Old Fashioned: Classic Recipe And Origins

Aug 05, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

When you think of bourbon cocktails, it's likely that the first place your mind goes is to the old fashioned, and with good reason. The drink is a classic, with its simple recipe and delicious flavor making it a favorite of bourbon fans for over 150 years.... 

White Russian

Aug 04, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The White Russian is a rich and decadent cocktail perfect for after dinner dessert. It is very easy to make. The White Russian gets it's name from the Black Russian Cocktail; the only difference really is the addition of cream. The drink was first made in the early 1960's, and has no actual Russian origin - it is American through and through. The name comes form the fact almost all vodka used to be imported from Russia.

French 75

Aug 03, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The French 75 is named after the fully automatic 75 millimeter machine gun used by the French during World War One. This refreshing cocktail, made with Bespoke gin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and French Champagne shares no hardened battle stories as the weapon it was named for.

Old Fashioned Paloma

Aug 02, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The Paloma is a classic highball cocktail made with fresh citrus like grapefruit, usually tequila, and some form of soda. An Old Fashioned Paloma blends the core features of an Old Fashioned cocktail and a classic Paloma cocktail. Tequila is swapped out for bourbon, soda is swapped for sparkling water, and throw in some mixology magic - voila! The amazing and refreshing Old Fashioned Paloma.

Salty Dog Cocktail

Aug 01, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

This is a classic cocktail which is actually a variation of the Greyhound cocktail (simply gin or vodka with grapefruit juice), only with a Salty Dog, Margarita salt is added to the rim. The salt, however simple, completely changes the original Greyhound cocktail. The Greyhound cocktail actually dates back to the 1930's and this is a ever-so-slightly newer version to enjoy!

Whiskey Sour Original Recipe

Jul 23, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

A whiskey sour recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and sour and a drink enjoyed by bourbon enthusiasts and those new to bourbon alike. The popular cocktail has a very interesting beginning which can be traced back to the early 1800s as a medicinal tonic...

Heigold Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Jul 11, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Classic Old Fashioned cocktail recipe using Heigold High Rye Double Malt Bourbon. The old fashioned is the name of a popular cocktail that is made by first muddling (gently smashing or crushing) cane sugar with bitters and water, and then next adding bourbon or rye whiskey.

Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

Jul 01, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

A perfect cocktail for your July 4th celebration, or anytime a cool and refreshing cocktail is required to beat the summer heat. Enjoy poolside, or at your next BBQ!

The Golden Ponzu

Jun 03, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Exotic Ponzu sauce, ginger and citrus cocktail recipe perfect for celebrating national Bourbon Day 2022. Impress friends and involve them on creating this special Rabbit Hole exclusive cocktail.

Cleanse 2.0 Cocktail Recipe

May 11, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

A garden-sourced icy and refreshing summer cocktail. Berries, lemon and ginger combine to create this exotic tasting and utterly refreshing summertime favorite.

Mint Strawberry Whiskey Smash Cocktail

May 11, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

A delectable way to utilize the fresh, crisp taste of summer mint and spring strawberries. Cool off and kick start your day with this refreshing cocktail recipe.

Best Ever Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe

May 09, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The Kentucky Mule is a lot like the mint julep, and has a long history in the south. In the late 1930's and early 1940's, it was popular to drink from a copper mug - keeping the drink cool - and looking "cool" -- equally valid objectives. It was an answer to the Moscow mule, however, instead of vodka, it uses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. A great way to use that leftover mint from your mint julep making at this year's Derby!

Down The Hole Again Bespoke Tonic

May 05, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

When you think of summer time, heat, exhaustion, wanting to relax. You want minimal effort but maximum results. Super easy, build it in a highball glass. Add your ice, pour your gin, and then follow it up with and a few drops of blueberry bitters! Give it a few stirs with your straw and be ready for summer!

Blueberry Collins Cocktail

May 05, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Summer blueberry harvest meets Bespoke gin for this light and fun summer cocktail. A light and sweet simple syrup takes the tart edge off the tart blueberries for an utterly refreshing twist on a collins cocktail recipe. 

Italian Sparkler Cocktail

May 05, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Add a summery twist to your glass with the Italian-inspired, prosecco based cocktail with sugar free simple syrup. Have on, or have two poolside or any time you are looking to cool off with a refreshing cocktail!

French 75 Cocktail

May 05, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

This classic cocktail dates back to the 1915’s from the New York Bar in Paris. It’s light, refreshing and the perfect pairing for dancing the night away.

Pineapple Gin & Tonic Cocktail

May 05, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Fresh, light, and a little citrusy is the best drink to cool off with during summer. Nothing can beat a good gin & tonic or gin fizz.

You Two? Cocktail Recipe

May 05, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

For this cocktail, it’s a classic martini. The Bespoke gin is the hero and the vermouth and lavender play well as the supporting cast. Sometimes keeping it simple is the smartest ingredient in a recipe. So, here is to unlikely pairs and how they bring us joy. May you find satisfaction in something or someone that surprises you, and may you savor the way life unfolds into a these unlikely but undeniably wonderful moments. Cheers!

Cucumber Gin Sour

Apr 26, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Perfect for summer get-togethers or for any time where a refreshing cocktail with a premium gin is all that will do to cool things down or relax.

Harvest Apple Gin-ger Cocktail

Apr 26, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Something about the botanicals in gin really works here, and Bespoke Gin is a perfect fit. It is finished in rye whiskey barrels. This finishing process mellows out the gin and adds a little bit of sweetness that is just right for this cocktail.

How Is Gin Made

Apr 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

There are three basic ways to approach gin distillation — steeping, vapor infusion, and vacuum distillation, also known as cold distillation. It's the simplicity of the steeping approach that lends itself to an easy do-it-yourself way of making gin at home.

Bespoke Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Apr 20, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

The "fizz" is a category of cocktails which features a premium gin alongside citrus flavors, sugar and sparkling water. Some might say it resembles a "sour" with soda; and they would be right. In fact - both drinks commonly contain egg whites too. Gin Fizz first appeared in the 1876 edition of “The Bar-tenders Guide” by Jerry Thomas. Essentially, it is a uniquely frothy, tickle-inducing-bubbly, high-protein step-child to the Tom Collins cocktail The Tom Collins cocktail combines gin, lemon, sugar and soda. Just no egg.

Spring Citrus Whiskey Slushie Cocktail

Apr 18, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Warm weather is on the way. Blue skies, warm breezes, the smell of a BBQ - and whiskey cocktails! What better way to keep cool than to sip a refreshing and "spiked" take on a summertime favorite drink! Spring Citrus Whiskey Slushie Cocktail can be enjoyed almost any time of the day, and adds that "get away from it all" vibe in your glass. 

Decoding Dress Code

Oct 27, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The good news is that I’ve been invited to several events recently. The bad news is that each time the RSVP included the comment “Please dress appropriately.” What the heck does that even mean?

Cutlery 101

Oct 27, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

I’ve been invited to a fancy dinner party with my fiance, and I have no idea where to begin when it comes to picking the right cutlery. HEEEEELP!

The time to go to a Holiday Party

Oct 27, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Now that I’m out of college and in the “real world,” I’ve been getting invited to formal events . . . but I never know what time to show up. Are there any rules or expectations?

Cafe Martin, New York

Apr 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

New York City at the turn of the 20th Century was a town brimming with possibility, connecting the old world with the new. A gilded age that would become defined by the subway built underground and skyscrapers so tall they seemed to defy gravity

The History of Angostura Bitters

Apr 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

A traditional Old Fashioned cocktail recipe calls for whiskey, sugar, ice, a cherry, orange peel, and a quick dash of one sneaky ingredient: Angostura bitters. Though it is a quick step in the creation of the cocktail--it may be one of its most important...

Shelburne Museum - Shelburne, VT

Apr 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

What is art? Such a complex question deserves a complex answer. Andy Warhol once said that art is anything you can get away with. Sometimes the simple act of placing an item in a museum and calling it art is sufficient

Flagler Museum - Palm Beach Florida

Apr 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Hundreds of years after Ponce De Leon went in search of a fountain of youth, Henry Flagler found paradise on the Florida coast. One of the founders of the Standard Oil Company, Flagler fell in love with the Sunshine State at the end of the 1870s after a physician suggested the warm climate might help his ailing first wife, Mary

White Sands National Park, NM

Apr 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

While perfect for sledding and cool to the touch, the dunes of White Sands National Park are far from your typical winter wonderland - but easy to realize why it is the most popular tourist destination in the state

The Secrets Of New York City Subway

Apr 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Since 1904, New York City’s subway has played an integral role in keeping “The City That Never Sleeps” on the move. At any given time there are hundreds of thousands of city slickers moving below the streets between five boroughs at varying speeds

Ghost Towns Of Colorado

Apr 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

What is a ghost if not the lingering memory of a life lived? Throughout Colorado there are hundreds of “ghost towns”, and like their human counterparts, these settlements exist only as shadows of their former glory

Chef Benjamin Dennis

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

The culture of southern cuisine is something hard associated with the roots of the foundation of this county and the modern view of “the south.”  But what some fail to glean is that the base of what is considered southern cuisine is much more an amalgam of tradition and technique from various cultures far predating the founding of the United States that has had nuance added throughout the decades. 

Chason Spencer

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

Peanuts. A little spoiler without context for conversation owners and chef Maria La Mota and Chason Spencer on the inception of their massively successful food pop-up Ecudaroian sandwich shop. 

Rebecca Reed - Corporate Pastry Chef

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

For Rebecca Reed, a sociology degree turned out to be a piece of cake. Never in the sense that earning your degree is ever simple but for Rebecca what became clear is that she wanted to help people—and the best way she was able to accomplish that was through her love of baking. 

Mike Baumann - Baltimore Orioles

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

There’s nothing quite like the magic of a baseball game. The loud music encouraging you to get louder, the roar of the fans, the smell of hot dogs and popcorn and the hope of catching a fly ball. 

Malcolm Jackson

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

No matter the medium, art allows personal expression, messages and meaning to be delivered by the artist in ways they may not feel comfortable or able to exhibit otherwise.

A Day in Cassadaga, Florida

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

At the edge of Central Florida, just past Daytona and right off Interstate 4, sits Cassadaga, Florida. This small unincorporated community is home to the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp and as a CBS Sunday Morning episode declared, the "Psychic Capital of the World.” It’s not hard to believe. Nestled among sabal palms and large oaks, almost every building on the Camp’s 57 acres features a sign or posting declaring the presence of a practicing medium. Much like if New Orleans retired to Florida. Across the street are new-age practitioners armed with tarot cards and palmistry. And further down the road is the Devil’s Chair, where a thirsty entity awaits confrontation—turns out the king of hell enjoys a warm BudLight. A single day in this small odd town will give you plenty of time to interact with all the spirits—you may even get the opportunity to spot one in a window and your medium guide will let you know whether you’ve guessed correctly and your psychic abilities will finally be confirmed. 

A Day Along the Gulf Coast

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

Have you ever wanted to feel like the Little Mermaid? Don’t lie. As kids, we all pretended while in the pool. Well now is your big hair-flippen chance. This is the perfect opportunity to don some fins and swim through the open seagrass along with the turtles...and maybe a barracuda. No worries, their toothy grin is just a poor first impression for these misunderstood creatures. Encounters boil down to simple staring contests. But onward...to Florida.

The Manhattan

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

Carl Sagan once said “if you wish to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” In much the same way, in order to create the classic Manhattan cocktail you need a mix of Rye whiskey, Vermouth, Bitters, a Dutch Colony, and a debate over who invented it - a man named Black or Winston Churchill’s mother.

A Day in Savannah, Georgia

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

Nestled in the low country between the South Carolina border and the Ogeechee River, the city of Savannah is the municipal hostess with the mostess. A unique combination of European architecture and southern hospitality, this city presents a vibrant opportunity for exploration by visitors and residents alike.

A Day in the Red River Gorge

Apr 26, 2022 Emily Wiegel

Not sure if it’s the mountains or the desert. Who knows. But it’s probably out west somewhere. Or east? Really not sure which voice you’re hearing. But however you choose to answer, be it a weekend getaway, Pinterest dream board, or selling your house to go full #vanlife there are hundreds of amazing opportunities to get out in the wild.

Mississippi Vegan

Apr 26, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

Timothy Pakron—if you go by just what he does—is a photographer, cookbook author, and food blogger living in New Orleans, LA. But you might better know him as Mississippi Vegan. If you don’t yet—he is the chef pushing the boundaries of what southern food is defined as. That good for the soul feeling can be maintained through a vegan lens and even elevated. And what’s a little southern cooking without a splash of bourbon—for the dish and, of course, the chef.  

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo (With Bourbon!)

Apr 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Though Cinco de May isn't the Mexican day of independence, as many might believe, it does involve the fight to preserve freedom and the struggle for recognition. As its name states, the holiday takes place on the fifth of May.

Celebrate Memorial Day 2022

Apr 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

After the end of the Civil War in 1865, residents in municipalities across the United States paid tribute to those who'd passed in the conflict, visiting and decorating the graves of deceased soldiers. As early as May 5, 1866, the village of Waterloo, New York, formalized the tradition, with local businesses closing for the day in honor of the fallen.

Churchill Downs: The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports

Apr 07, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Churchill Downs is more than just the venue for top thoroughbreds rumbling around a dirt track and spectators sipping frosty mint juleps under broad-brimmed hats. It's also the culmination of cultures, ambitions, and circumstances over more than 150 years of American history.

The 67th Kentucky Derby Festival 2022

Apr 07, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

After two years of difficulties brought on by the COVID pandemic, the 67th Kentucky Derby Festival in 2022 will present a more familiar iteration of itself, though events began in mid-March rather than the traditional two weeks before the Derby.

Kentucky Oaks 2022: The History And Legacy

Apr 07, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

When it comes to Churchill Downs, Kentucky's famed 1.25-mile racetrack, the Kentucky Derby is the event that gets most of the attention. However, it's not the only prestigious race that happens there. The day before the Derby sees the running of the Kentucky Oaks, which falls on May 6 in 2022.

Welcome To Knott’s Berry Farm

Nov 04, 2021 Dennis Birkemeier

The story of Western expansion in the United States was written by millions of people looking for something bigger & better.

Burying The Bourbon

Nov 04, 2021 Dennis Birkemeier

How far would you go to prevent rain on your wedding day? Back in the 1940s, Dr. Bernard Vonnegut (Kurt’s older brother), discovered a method of “seeding” clouds with silver iodide to make them produce rain...

Discover Rainbow Row, SC

Nov 04, 2021 Dennis Birkemeier

Charleston, South Carolina - The pastel facades of Charleston’s Rainbow Row aren’t simply a choice of aesthetic.

Ain't It Grand?

Nov 04, 2021 Dennis Birkemeier

Sipping afternoon tea amongst mountains of pastries, bold colonnades, and ancient statuary is a scene fit for a king. But this isn’t a royal residence, rather a collection of hotels that can only be described as a “grand”

Less Is Not Even Close To Enough

Nov 04, 2021 Dennis Birkemeier

With any kind of personal style, everyone has their own taste, preference and perspective. Especially when it comes to designing and decorating the inside of your home or office or wherever you might spend a good amount of your time.

Seeing Through Walls

Nov 04, 2021 Dennis Birkemeier

Too often, the blank canvas is positioned as foreboding. It is at the same time an endless realm of opportunities and also a blank void...

Bourbon FAQ: All Of Your Questions Answered

Oct 17, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Bourbon is a spirit rich in history and complexity, and sometimes the web of information surrounding both it and associated topics can be complex as well. With that in mind, we've compiled this comprehensive FAQ to help clarify the bevy of bourbon-related knowledge and encourage you as you take your own journey down the rabbit hole of America's native spirit. Come enrich your bourbon experience. Brought to you by Rabbit Hole Distillery - Creators of "Original Works Of Bourbon"...

Making Of A Great High Rye Bourbon

Sep 28, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Some distillers like Rabbit Hole have diverted from tradition; offering exciting new bourbon expressions with original flavors - making them highly complex. One of these in particular is a high rye bourbon, which offers spicy, peppery notes to compliment the sweetness of the corn...

Bourbon Barrel Science: How Bourbon Is Born

Sep 27, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Ever wonder why certain bourbon expressions taste (and look) different than others? The process of making, fermenting, storing, and aging each type of bourbon factors into its overall flavor. Additionally, the ingredients and mash bill used to make a bourbon can affect its final taste. Learn about bourbon barrel science, including why the type of wood and char level used to make a bourbon barrel has an impact on the finished product...

Best Small Batch Bourbons

Sep 20, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The term "small batch bourbon" is associated with quality, a unique state, and a bit of nostalgia. While the definition of small batch bourbon is not an exact science, purchasing a bourbon from Rabbit Hole Distillery ensures a true "small batch" and an excellent bourbon.

Four Original Bourbons For 2022

Sep 20, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Rabbit Hole Distillery was founded to create original, one-of-a-kind spirits for discerning drinkers. We don't take shortcuts and pride ourselves on creating some of the best spirits produced anywhere

Bourbon: How To Drink It

Sep 19, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

How to drink bourbon or whiskey is a personal preference. Several perfectly acceptable ways to enjoy a good bourbon or whiskey exist. Some people only drink their whiskey straight up, while others like to experiment with bourbon in various cocktails. There is no one right way that dictates how to drink bourbon...

Best Wheated Bourbons

Sep 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

While bourbon remains America's favorite choice of spirit, whiskey aficionados are seeking new flavor experiences. Also, a new breed of drinkers is not interested in going for the mass-produced, big-name bourbon brands. Smaller, specialist distillers are meeting this demand by creating new recipes for different styles of bourbon. This revolution in the market includes wheated bourbon, with its mellow character, that especially appeals to those new to bourbon drinking...

Best Bourbons For An Old Fashioned

Sep 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

An old fashioned is an appealing cocktail to those who love the rich flavor of bourbon along with the complementary tastes of sugar, bitters, and fruit. If you're a fan of “Mad Men,” you may remember that this cocktail was also the preferred choice of Don Draper, the main character on the show. But the bourbon used in the old fashioned plays a major role in the taste of the drink and your ability to enjoy it fully. Check out the best bourbon to use in an old fashioned before you mix up your next beverage.

Cavehill: Best Four Grain Bourbon

Sep 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Bourbon is traditionally made with a mash bill, or recipe, featuring three grains: corn, barley, and rye or wheat. However, an increasing number of distilleries are seeking to push the boundaries of bourbon making by creating a four-grain mash bill using both rye and wheat. Four-grain bourbon offers discerning whiskey drinkers an even greater range of flavors, with depth and complexities not previously available.

Comparing Bourbon vs Whiskey

Sep 16, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

You might hear some people use whiskey and bourbon interchangeably, but some notable differences exist when comparing bourbon vs. whiskey. Whiskey and bourbon are both distilled spirits made from fermented grains. However, whiskey encompasses various types, bourbon whiskey being one of them. All bourbons are whiskey, but all whiskeys are not bourbon...

History Of Bourbon In Kentucky

Sep 16, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

If you are a whiskey and bourbon fan, it's essential to know the history of bourbon in Kentucky. Not all bourbon comes from Kentucky, but bourbon makers distill much of it within state boundaries. Approximately 95% of all bourbon produced today come from Kentucky...

When To Give Bourbon As A Gift

Sep 15, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

When you're looking for the perfect gift to give to a friend, family member, or another loved one, you might consider a nice bottle of bourbon as a gift. Giving bourbon as a gift can encourage celebration and allow the recipient to enjoy their favorite beverage...

The Birth Of Kentucky Bourbon: 1792

Sep 14, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Kentucky bourbon is a type of whiskey produced in the state of Kentucky. This distinctly American spirit doesn't have to be made in Kentucky if it's called bourbon. However, over 90% of bourbon comes from Kentucky. You will often see the words Kentucky bourbon 1792 used together...

Different Types Of Bourbon Drinks

Sep 13, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Some people are loyal to straight bourbon neat or on the rocks. Others prefer to pair their bourbon drinks with citrus or spicy ingredients. Either way, the right bourbon allows you to try out all different recipes and bourbon drink types, so you can find the one you enjoy most. Check out a few of our favorite bourbon drinks or preparation methods...

Bourbon Distillation: A Complete Guide

Sep 06, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The sweet, caramel-colored spirit known as bourbon was first produced in Kentucky in the 1800s. "Bourbon" is a term that is technically reserved for corn whiskey made to exacting standards in the United States. Bourbon Distillation is a very complex and varying process by which distillers produce their craft of love and work

Original Four Grain Bourbon

Sep 06, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

There is no universal approach to manufacturing a good bourbon. To create a unique blend, some distillers change the composition of the ingredients in bourbon's mash bill. While most distillers stick to the three-grain mash bill, others experiment with a four-grain mash to bring a complex, distinctive flavor to bourbon... 

A Wheated Bourbon

Sep 06, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

For many years, distillers have been experimenting with ingredients to create different bourbon flavors. More and more experiments are considering grains, yeast for fermentation, distillation methods, and barrel aging. An unofficial subcategory of bourbon called wheated bourbon is giving whiskey enthusiasts a flavor profile they won't soon forget.

Making The Best Gin

Sep 04, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

Gin dates back to the 11th century when early Europeans used it for medicinal purposes. After the Glorious Revolution of 1688, gin became the national drink of England, enjoyed for its distinctly botanical flavoring. Though gin fell out of favor briefly for modern mixed drinks, it's recently seen a resurgence of popularity. This has inspired gin makers to take a fresh approach to their craft, trying inspiring new methods to produce the best gin on the market...

Bourbon heritage Month 2022

Sep 03, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

Looking for something to celebrate this month? September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, and that's certainly worth honoring. Learn more about this celebratory month and get ideas for making the most of it before the start of October...

Best Bourbons: 2022

Sep 02, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

Bourbon is a popular spirit that many people enjoy drinking on its own, paired with food items, and mixed into cocktails. When you're looking for the best bourbon to try in 2022, be sure to include these top-rated options on your list. Each offers its own unique flavor profile and mash bill, created by a distillery that focuses on creativity and innovation...

Bourbon And Beyond September 2022

Sep 01, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

If you're looking for something fun to do in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall, the Bourbon & Beyond 2022 Festival is certainly worth considering. This music festival offers the perfect blend of bourbon, food, and rock and roll, making it a must-attend event for anyone who loves the spirit. Check out what's slated to take place during the festival, along with the history of this popular musical event...

Making A Great High Rye Bourbon

Aug 26, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Elijah Craig was the first to manufacture bourbon back in 1789. Since then, distillers have been experimenting with the ingredient grains in the mash bills to find the exact formula for the best bourbon. Most bourbon enthusiasts choose what they believe to be the best rye bourbon for its particular flavor...

Best Honey Malt Bourbon

Aug 19, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The sweetness at the tail end of a honey malt whiskey is alluring in its own right, but any drinker is going to be impressed with the well-rounded flavor. If you've never tried honey malt bourbon, there are a few things you should know first...

Non-Distiller Producer (NDP) Bourbon

Aug 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

A term you may not be familiar with is NDP, or non-distiller producer. You may be wondering what this term means or asking how bourbon can be produced by a non-distiller company. At Rabbit Hole Distillery, we'd like to unlock the secrets of NDP bourbon, along with what it is, how it's crafted, and the many mysteries surrounding this type of bourbon...

The Whiskey Rebellion: True Story

Aug 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Shortly after the United States was formed, it experienced its first rebellion of its own citizens: the Whiskey Rebellion. The two fighting factions were frontier farmers in Pennsylvania and federal taxmen and politicians back East. The Whiskey Rebellion's effect on the newly created country was far-reaching. It's amazing the change that happened all over a single whiskey tax...

Bourbon And Branch

Aug 16, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The bourbon and branch is a classic approach to appreciating the distinct yet smooth flavors of bourbon, allowing individuals to appreciate their Kentucky whiskey in a simple and sophisticated way.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Aug 14, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The Kentucky Distillers' Association (KDA) launched the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 1999 to help serve as a marketing tool for the Kentucky bourbon industry. With the state responsible for more than 95% of the world's bourbon production, people wanting to visit a distillery will likely start researching vacation options in Kentucky...

Bourbon vs Whiskey: Which To Choose?

Aug 13, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Some people use bourbon and whiskey interchangeably. However, bourbon is a type of whiskey. All bourbons are whiskeys, but not all whiskeys are bourbons. You'll find some important differences when comparing bourbon vs. whiskey...

Visiting Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Aug 10, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

As the sun goes down, neon illuminates the entire street, and loud music seems to spill out from every door. With bead decorations everywhere and people carrying their "go-cups" filled with sweet bourbon-themed libations there's no mistaking you've arrived at the historic Bourbon Street...

Bourbon Glasses 101: A Complete Guide

Aug 09, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

If you're new to drinking bourbon, choosing the right glasses for your drink may feel overwhelming. Fortunately, by learning the basics of bourbon glasses, you can make it easy to find the right one for your next tasting...

Bourbon And Beyond 2022: Event Details

Aug 06, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The Bourbon & Beyond 2022 Music Festival is just around the corner. If you're considering attending, here are answers to all the questions you might be asking right now.

Bourbon Fermentation: The Complete process

Aug 02, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Production of every kind of whiskey, including bourbon, begins with the mash bill, which determines the types of grain used, and in what proportions, for each particular whiskey. Each grain adds a distinct flavor that contributes to the taste characteristics of the bourbon fermentation..

History Of The Gin And Tonic

Aug 02, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The gin and tonic cocktail has a rich and complex history that dates back to the 15th century and began in the Netherlands with a medicinal drink called genever, the Dutch word for juniper, and what we know now as gin. This drink, later called Dutch courage, was a mixture of botanicals including coriander seeds, juniper berries, and star anise distilled with malt spirits.

Japanese Whiskey vs American Whiskey

Aug 02, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Even the most seasoned whiskey connoisseurs may not fully appreciate the nuances and differences between Japanese whisky versus American whiskey. If you've never had either before, they are both worth trying...

What Is Sweet Mash Bourbon?

Aug 02, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The process to make sweet mash bourbon or whiskey is as old as the sour mash process. At the same time Catherine Carpenter was recording her sour mash recipe in the early 1800s, she was also notating her sweet mash recipe. But unlike sour mash, the sweet mash process does not use any backset during fermentation...

What Is Bourbon "Bottled In Bond?"

Aug 02, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

In order for a spirit to be bonded, it must undergo a distillation season at one distillery by the same distiller in the United States. It must also be aged in a bonded facility for a minimum of four years. It must also be bottled at 100 proof with a 50% ABV...

What Is A Small Batch Bourbon?

Aug 02, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Small batch bourbon, also known as small batch whiskey, is a bourbon that contains a blend of contents from a select number of barrels. In the alcohol industry, "small batch" does not have a legal or scientific definition. Distilleries often create their own standards when determining what small batch whiskey is...

How Grains Affect Bourbon Taste

Aug 02, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Ingredients are the most important additive to enhance the flavor of any good recipe. The slight change or addition of an ingredient can either throw a recipe off or make it fantastic. This is the same for spirits like bourbon

A "Smooth" Bourbon

Aug 01, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Describing a bourbon as "smooth" can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Generally speaking, those new to bourbon use the term quite often because they may not be able to fully articulate the bourbon tasting experience.

Bourbon Barrels: How It's Made

Jul 25, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Spirits and liquor are made by mixing ingredients followed by a fermentation process. One of the most surprising steps in the bourbon-making process, one that sets it apart from other spirits, is that bourbon needs to sit in a barrel for a certain amount of time after the fermentation process. But, there's more to the bourbon barreling process than meets the eye...

What Is Sour Mash Bourbon?

Jul 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

While browsing through bourbon whiskey bottles, you may have come across the term "sour mash" on some labels. This term refers to how bourbon is made, not how it tastes. Before purchasing your next bottle of whiskey and giving sour mash bourbon a try, it's important to understand what it is and what makes it different from a regular bourbon...

Barrel Entry Proof: Why It Matters

Jul 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

You can find a whiskey's alcohol proof on the bottle, but it's not necessarily the same as barrel entry proof. Alcohol proof, or its strength, is twice the amount of ethanol (alcohol) by volume. The term barrel entry proof refers to the alcohol strength of the bourbon when it enters the barrel...

What Is A Glencairn Glass?

Jul 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Developed in Scotland, the Glencairn glass is specifically designed to enhance the whiskey drinking experience. In recent years, it has replaced the rocks glass for many people who enjoy their whiskey neat...

Bourbon Barrel Char Levels

Jul 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

In order for a whiskey to legally be called a "bourbon" or "straight bourbon whiskey", distillers must adhere to specific requirements. One of those rules is only to use brand-new oak barrels, which must be charred...

Bourbon Distillation: A Brief Overview

Jul 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The sweet, brown bourbon that you buy from the shelves goes through a complex production process spanned over multiple years. From processing grain mash to finally bottling the bourbon, the alcohol goes through a series of intermediary steps to refine, yield a clear texture, and maintain the consistent, signature taste for which bourbon is so well-known. The bourbon distillation process is a major step in its manufacturing process that imparts color, texture, and flavor...

The Best Wheated Bourbons

Jul 11, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

In the ever-growing world of whiskey, America's love affair with bourbon has led to distillers continuously evolving their recipes to create new taste experiences. One area that has seen a growth in popularity, and hence an increase in availability, is wheated bourbon...

Heigold High Rye bourbon

Jul 11, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Bourbon has long been America's favorite tipple, but in recent years, its popularity has rocketed to an incredible level. Lovers of the golden spirit are becoming more discerning and moving away from the large bourbon producers

Sour Mash Rye Whiskey

Jul 11, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Sour mash rye is a whiskey made using a production method that regulates the growth of bacteria that might taint the whiskey. It also helps to ensure the consistency of quality and flavor from one batch of whiskey to the next... Most bourbon and rye whiskey distillers use the sour mash method.

PX Sherry Cask Finish Bourbon Whiskey

Jul 11, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

PX sherry is a wine created from grapes of the same name. The PX stands for Pedro Ximenez and describes naturally very sweet dessert wines. Here's more about PX Sherry and how it comes into play and affects a PX sherry finished bourbon...

Cavehill Four Grain Bourbon

Jul 11, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Bourbon is typically made from a three-grain mash bill, and by varying the type and combination of grains, distillers can create a wide variety of flavors to give their bourbon a unique taste profile..

RECIPES

Ultimate Bourbon Burger

There is just something magical about a large juicy burger - no matter what time of year it is. It can be adapted to fit almost any occasion, and is served at 5-star restaurants and corner pubs. This burger recipe combines the juiciness and saltiness of the burger with the complexity of bourbon; caramel notes, spiciness and richness. if you are looking to wow your guests, then this is the burger you'll want to serve.

What Is Vodka Sauce?

This basic sauce contains onions or garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, crushed tomatoes, seasonings such as herbs, and vodka. To prepare the sauce, you want to use a wide, shallow saucepan so that the sauce cooks evenly and the ingredients don't stack up in the pan.

Bourbon Balls in Kentucky: The Full Story

Anybody who loves chocolate and high-quality spirits shouldn't be surprised that the two make a great combination. In fact, one Southern delicacy that has stood the test of time is the bourbon ball. If you've never heard of bourbon balls, you're missing out.

COCKTAILS

Best Classic Whiskey Highball Cocktail

Back in the 1800's, the whiskey highball was mixed with plain soda water. How boring! Since the 1920's (the "Gilded Age"), it has been mixed with ginger ale; which perfectly compliments the crisp citrus taste of the lemon. Enjoy this classic cocktail at your next outing  - ask for a "Boxergrail Highball." 

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Summer isn't quite over, so take a deep plunge into a tall glass of everything "summer" with this spiked watermelon lemonade cocktail. Within minutes, you can have a pitcher full of fond memories sitting by the pool one last time, or sip the refreshing and crisp happiness as you fire up the BBQ grill one last time.

Best Maple Bourbon Smash

As the leaves begin to change, our affinity for all things "autumn" change as well. This Maple Bourbon Smash Cocktail is perfect for cozy nights beside a bonfire, or just relaxing at home with a cozy blanket and PJ's. The rich, sweet taste of bourbon with a crisp hint of orange and lemon makes this cocktail a mainstay throughout the fall season!

BOURBON 101

Bourbon FAQ: All Of Your Questions Answered

Bourbon is a spirit rich in history and complexity, and sometimes the web of information surrounding both it and associated topics can be complex as well. With that in mind, we've compiled this comprehensive FAQ to help clarify the bevy of bourbon-related knowledge and encourage you as you take your own journey down the rabbit hole of America's native spirit. Come enrich your bourbon experience. Brought to you by Rabbit Hole Distillery - Creators of "Original Works Of Bourbon"...

Making Of A Great High Rye Bourbon

Some distillers like Rabbit Hole have diverted from tradition; offering exciting new bourbon expressions with original flavors - making them highly complex. One of these in particular is a high rye bourbon, which offers spicy, peppery notes to compliment the sweetness of the corn...

Bourbon Barrel Science: How Bourbon Is Born

Ever wonder why certain bourbon expressions taste (and look) different than others? The process of making, fermenting, storing, and aging each type of bourbon factors into its overall flavor. Additionally, the ingredients and mash bill used to make a bourbon can affect its final taste. Learn about bourbon barrel science, including why the type of wood and char level used to make a bourbon barrel has an impact on the finished product...

LIFESTYLE

Decoding Dress Code

The good news is that I’ve been invited to several events recently. The bad news is that each time the RSVP included the comment “Please dress appropriately.” What the heck does that even mean?

Cutlery 101

I’ve been invited to a fancy dinner party with my fiance, and I have no idea where to begin when it comes to picking the right cutlery. HEEEEELP!

The time to go to a Holiday Party

Now that I’m out of college and in the “real world,” I’ve been getting invited to formal events . . . but I never know what time to show up. Are there any rules or expectations?