…from the Perspectives’ Holiday Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? Bourbon is a barrel-aged American whiskey made primarily from corn. The name derives from the French Bourbon dynasty, although the precise source of inspiration is uncertain. Contenders include Bourbon County in Kentucky and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, both of which are named after the dynasty.
Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century. Although bourbon may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general and with Kentucky in particular. Bourbon was recognized in 1964 by the U.S. Congress as a "distinctive product of the United States." Bourbon sold in the U.S. must be produced in the country from at least 51% corn and stored in a new container of charred oak.
So, what would be more fitting than having an all-American spirit for the consummate all American Holiday weekend? The Kentucky Country Bourbon-Cranberry Cocktail is nicely balanced, with no flavor overpowering the others. Additionally, the bourbon isn’t too strong—not overly fruity or too sweet, which is a plus.
It’s refreshing and delicious, and it makes a fantastic, colorful and festive party drink since it calls for cranberries as a garnish.
Total time: 50 minutes (includes cooling time)
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
4 cups American bourbon
Orange peels, for garnish
Sprig of thyme, for garnish
ChefSecret: Live to enjoy the rest of the holiday season with you family--DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
Quip of the Day: “Bacon alone can’t solve all of our woes; that’s what Bourbon is for.”
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