Recipes for Bourbon Drinks
Most bourbon drinkers enjoy straightforward tasting bourbon drinks that are well balanced and not overpowering or harsh. Most bourbons will possess a light oak flavor, all the way to a strong oaky character.
The amber color itself I find to be somewhat intoxicating. Most aromas will move from fruit and honey to light spice with a hint of vanilla. Every bourbon maintains its own unique flavor and distinct characteristics.
As in most spirits, everyone has his or her favorites. In my opinion, most bourbon drinks should be drank straight over ice. However, if your favorite bourbon tends to be a little on the sharper side, drink with a small amount of water which will add smoothness to any bourbon.
Another good choice is a good ginger ale. Personally I like a stronger concentrated version such as Stewarts Ginger Beer. It is a true Jamaican style ginger beer. It is not necessarily one I like by itself, but it does add another dimension to bourbon. The two just seem to go together.
Mint Julep, Texas Style
- 4 –5 mint leaf sprigs
- 1 Teaspoon Fine Sugar
- 4 Ounce of Quality Bourbon
- Soda Water
- Mint Sprig For Garnish
Place the mint and sugar in the bottom of a glass. Muddle, OK most people don’t know what you mean when you say muddle. Let me explain.
Take a Muddle of the a wooden spoon and merely fuse or press down on the sugar and the mint leaves essentially pressing them together to combine their flavors and releasing the oil and aroma of the mint.
Add your Bourbon. Fill a large glass (normally you would want to use a Collins style or Highball glass or a Double Old Fashion glass) with ice.
Stir the mixture very well until your glass almost becomes frosty. Add garnish of 1 sprig of mint.
Top glass off with with ice cold water until full. Then pretend you are sitting on the porch of your old mansion debating if there would ever be another horse that could win the “Triple Crown”. Wow! Bourbon Drinkers Delight!
The traditional Mint Juleps should be served ice cold (frosty) and usually it would be served in a “Silver Mug”. These drinks just scream “Southern Hospitality!”
- 2/3 Cup Mint Sprigs. About 4-5 of the sprigs go to garnish glasses
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper, Sliced, Seeded and Chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Superfine Sugar
- 1 1/2 Cups Ice Cold Water
- 1 1/2 Cups or Approximately 8 Jiggers of Your Favorite Bourbon
- Finely Crushed Ice
Place Mint, Chopped Jalapeno and Sugar in a large mixing bowl and muddle (crush with a muddler or use a wooden spoon). This will allow the flavors/aroma to come out.
Cover ingredients with the ice cold water and stir thoroughly to dissolve the sugar.
Add the Bourbon and lit sit in the Frig for at least 1 hour. This will enhance the flavor.
Next, Pre-chill fill 4 Collins or Highball Glasses creating a frosty glass. Then fill with ice.
Strain your chilled mixture into the glasses.
Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint, serve with straw…………Then enjoy a Mint Julep Texas Style!!
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