Happy National Bourbon Day! Today we recognize the Official Spirit of America.
In 1964, a Congressional Resolution named Bourbon as America’s native spirit.
Bourbon whiskey gets its name from the Kentucky county that produced large amounts of corn. Once distilled that corn was put in barrels stamped Old Bourbon. Like many other spirits for a whisky to be considered Bourbon it must be produced in a specific geographical region. It must also be stored in new charred-oak barrels, be 51% corn, distilled no more than 160 proof and barreled at 125 proof.
To celebrate I’m mixing Bourbon cocktails with Herritage Distillery Company’s new BSB- Brown Sugar Bourbon® and her sister, BSB-103®, bottled at 103 proof. HDC is the fastest growing craft spirits brand in the region and named “Best Flavored Whisky in the World” by Whiskey Magazine. Check out a couple recipes below and click here for more info.
In a metal julep cup: 2 oz BSB103 1 tsp superfine sugar Generous palm-full of fresh mint (clap to help release flavor)
Add crushed ice to cup, and vigorously mix with a barspoon Top with more crushed ice
Garnish with a mint sprig
Knuckleball in a shaker: 2 oz BSB – Brown Sugar Bourbon 1 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz simple syrup 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters add ice and shake strain into a tumbler of ice & garnish with a lemon twist and/or cherry
About Heritage Distilling Co.
Heritage Distilling Company (HDC) is the most awarded craft distillery in North America 6 years in a row from the American Distilling Institute (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). HDC makes vodkas, gins and whiskeys and is proud to operate distillery tasting rooms in Washington and Oregon including Gig Harbor, Roslyn and Seattle (within the Ballard neighborhood) in Washington and Eugene in Oregon.