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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 And 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.

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. 

The Best Hot Butter Bourbon Cocktail

Apr 06, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

A robust and spiced cocktail perfect for chilly, early spring nights around the campfire. This recipe is very universal, and the spices can be adjusted as per preference and taste. The perfect cocktail when an iced variety would add an unwanted chill to the bones. Also experiment with toppings! Cinnamon, cocoa powder, cinnamon sticks...even chopped pecans or walnuts would compliment the bourbon.

The Sunny Rabbit

Apr 01, 2022 Rabbit Hole Distillery

Warning: This cocktail recipe contains one-of-a-kind, award-winning bourbon. Proceed with caution. Step 1: Toast to the coming of spring and the return of sunshine with The Sunny Rabbit - it's sure to brighten your holiday no matter what the weather.

The Best Mint Julep Recipe Ever - Derby 2022

Apr 01, 2022 Rabbit hole Distillery

This famous drink has been an iconic Derby symbol and all-around southern tradition since the early 19th century. In reality, the drink traces it’s roots much further. In fact, the derby-themed elixir of frost and America’s oldest spirit can be attributed to ancient Persia.

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 Barrel 101: Aging And Construction

May 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Bourbon barrels play a critically important role in the flavor of finished whiskey. Understanding all the unique elements of the barrel will give you a better idea of where all those flavorful notes come from and what goes into that distinctive taste in the bottle.

Why You'll Never Find The "Smoothest Bourbon"

May 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

It is unlikely that the phrase “smooth bourbon” would have achieved such notoriety if it didn't have at least some relevance. Exploring what "smooth" really means when classifying a bourbon will help enlighten your own perceptions and perhaps eliminate it’s validity in the future.

Non-Chill-Filtered Bourbon

May 09, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

A great number of bourbon distillers care about the “shelf appeal” of their product, and so – chill-filter their bourbon to prevent any inconsistent visual anomalies that may happen in temperature extremes.

Whiskey vs Rum: History And Differences

May 05, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Both are dark in color, rich in flavor, and wildly popular on any bar shelf. Whiskey's notes are more reminiscent of the barrels it's aged in, while rum is distinctly sweeter with a spicy kick. The differences between whiskey vs. rum run much deeper, though, beginning all the way with their origination

Gin vs Vodka: Main Differences

May 05, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Gin and vodka can both be made from nearly any fermented food. Possible ingredients include corn, potatoes, rye, wheat, sugar beets, sorghum, barley, carrots, and grapes. Regardless of the base, the resulting ferment must be distilled to produce either gin or vodka

Toasted And Charred - Bourbon Barrel 101

May 03, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Toasted bourbon barrels are exposed to less extreme temperatures than barrels charred in a fast burn. Toasted barrels are most commonly used for wine. Bourbon aged in a toasted barrel is a special treat that's more difficult to find

How Vodka Is Made

May 03, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The next 30% of the product is known as the "heart." This is the best part of the distillation and therefore the only liquid that will go on to the next steps. The last 35% is the "tail." Some vodka makers will keep the tail for further distillation in the next batch to get a little more product from it. The tail is still too impure to use as-is.

Connecting Bourbon Street With Bourbon Whiskey

May 03, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Bourbon Street (or Rue Bourbon, as it was called then) sits in the heart of the city's French Quarter district, spanning 13 blocks from Esplanade Avenue to Canal Street. It also runs through portions of the Marigny neighborhood. The early Bourbon Street featured homes, stables, and a small brewery, and many of the current structures feature the unique architectural style for which New Orleans is known and revered.

Whiskey vs Whisky: What's The Difference?

Apr 27, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The differentiation of whiskey versus whisky comes from Irish and Scottish Gaelic dialects of the words, "uisce beatha," which mean the "water of life." During the 18th century, Irish immigration to America was on the rise. Some people believe Irish whiskey producers were looking for a way to differentiate themselves from Scotch distillers at that time

The Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Apr 27, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Most distillers stick to the typical three grain mash bill to produce their bourbons. Some very bold distillers are experimenting with four grains to produce very original and very complex straight bourbon whiskeys

Bourbon vs Rye: Main Differences

Apr 25, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

When you ask a bartender for a Manhattan, they will ask you a simple question — rye or bourbon? While both dark liquors have a long history in North America, specifically in the American South, their varied ingredients create two very different flavor profiles. Understanding the difference between rye and bourbon can go a long way toward making the perfect cocktail

Scotch vs Whiskey: Main Differences

Apr 22, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

The ingredients are what really set apart whiskey and Scotch. Whiskey is a spirit distilled from a combination of grains like barley, wheat, rye, and corn. The types and amount of grains used in the production process will vary depending on the type of whiskey.

How Bourbon Is Made

Apr 21, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

By definition, the mash bill for bourbon is at least 51% corn. The prominence of this large grain in the mash bill is the reason for bourbon's characteristic sweetness compared to other types of whiskeys, and many distilleries opt to use a much larger proportion of this large grain — 70%, 80%, or even 90%...

Bourbon vs Whiskey: Key Differences

Apr 20, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Bourbon vs Whiskey? Is there a real difference? Though bourbon is a type of whiskey, there are specific criteria it has to meet to qualify as bourbon, and these contribute to the unique characteristics of the drink. Aside from the grain compositions, several other key characteristics separate bourbon from other types of whiskey...

Exploring Double And Triple Malt Bourbons

Apr 19, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

What is a double malt bourbon? A single malt whiskey? What about a four-grain triple malt bourbon - a single grain whiskey, or a single malt scotch? These terms can be very confusing, and rightfully so. 

Four Grain Bourbon

Apr 18, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

But, what about a four grain bourbon? What might a mash bill for a 4-grain bourbon look like? A four grain bourbon is one which includes four distinct grains or, possibly contains three or more grains with grain processing variations. Here is an example mash bill

Top 10 Traits Of A "Best Bourbon"

Apr 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

To state it simply, great bourbon – or what some might call “the best bourbon” simply tastes great. Bourbon drinkers have different preferences when it comes to flavor, but they can usually agree on certain taste characteristics, such as how balanced or complex the flavors of a particular bourbon are.

Bourbon vs Whiskey vs Scotch

Apr 12, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Imagine you enter a liquor store, and hanging signs mark the aisles. You look up and see "whiskey," "bourbon," and "scotch" above one aisle whose shelves hold hundreds of gleaming bottles of straw-colored, amber, or brown spirits. With that much choice, you may wonder which bottle is the one for you or even what distinguishes these types — whiskey, bourbon, and scotch — from one another. If you've ever found yourself in this dilemma, this guide may be helpful to you.

How Whiskey Is Made

Apr 09, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

Despite many differences, what all whiskeys have in common is the care and mastery involved in their production. The making of whiskey is a long-held tradition that has taken centuries to refine, and we get to enjoy that refinement in a multitude of forms today.

P.X. Sherry Cask Finished Bourbon: History and Distilling Process

Apr 05, 2022 Justin Pakdaman

Pedro Ximénez (sometimes Pedro Ximinez, Ximénès, Jimenez, PX, or P.X.) is a description for naturally highly-sweet dessert wines. These wines are actually created with a  grape variety with the same name. 

History Of The Mint Julep

Mar 31, 2022 Dennis Birkemeier

When the weather turns warm, you can expect to see more mint juleps in the hands of home mixologists and bar patrons. The frosty, perspiring cup with its mound of ice and sprig of mint peeking over the brim represents pure refreshment and well-executed simplicity.

What Is A Barrel Pick?

Nov 04, 2021 Dennis Birkemeier

The term “single barrel” has been thrown around quite frequently in modern whiskey times. It became a huge craze over the past decade and shows no signs of declining in popularity.

RECIPES

French Winter Wheat Vodka Sauce Recipe

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

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

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.

COCKTAILS

Cleanse 2.0 Cocktail Recipe

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

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

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!

LIFESTYLE

Cafe Martin, New York

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

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

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

BOURBON 101

Bourbon Barrel 101: Aging And Construction

Bourbon barrels play a critically important role in the flavor of finished whiskey. Understanding all the unique elements of the barrel will give you a better idea of where all those flavorful notes come from and what goes into that distinctive taste in the bottle.

Why You'll Never Find The "Smoothest Bourbon"

It is unlikely that the phrase “smooth bourbon” would have achieved such notoriety if it didn't have at least some relevance. Exploring what "smooth" really means when classifying a bourbon will help enlighten your own perceptions and perhaps eliminate it’s validity in the future.

Non-Chill-Filtered Bourbon

A great number of bourbon distillers care about the “shelf appeal” of their product, and so – chill-filter their bourbon to prevent any inconsistent visual anomalies that may happen in temperature extremes.

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