September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

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So, you know how every other day seems to be a “National [insert food or beverage] Day”? Well, National Bourbon Heritage Month — you’re in it — is actually a Congressionally-recognized salute to our country’s official liquor.

September celebrates the bourbon industry’s long American history, legacy and tradition.

Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon; a true bourbon can only be made in the United States. Corn must comprise at least 51 percent — but not more than 79 percent of the grain. This is what gives bourbon its sweeter flavor profile over rye-based whiskies. Master distillers may create a single-barrel bourbon from a single superior barrel, or a small-batch bourbon by blending a few of the best barrels.

Fun fact: There are more bourbon barrels in Kentucky than there are people.

Love bourbon — or want to get to know it better? Check out these Great Bourbon Cocktails of the Season from Raise Your Spirits, a local blog crafted by mixologist/consultant Michael Nagy. See more:

Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits also offers some bourbon-y cocktails to try:

Country Boy Old Fashioned

  • Country Boy Old Fashioned1-3 sugar cubes
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 cherry (without stem)
  • 1 half orange slice
  • 2 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
  • Splash of seltzer, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale

Place first four ingredients in an old fashioned glass and muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add cracked ice and pour in bourbon. Top with a splash of seltzer, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale; stir gently. Garnish with a fresh slice of orange.

Knob Creek Bourbon Fizz – by Chef Michael Symon

  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1⁄2 oz simple syrup
  • 1⁄2 oz lemon juice
  • 11⁄2 oz Knob Creek Bourbon
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 oz orange soda

Muddle two sprigs of thyme and simple syrup in a shaker. Add lemon juice, bourbon, egg white and ice. Shake vigorously for one minute. Strain over fresh ice and top with thyme.

Find more bourbon and bourbon-based recipes on Pa. Fine Wine & Good Spirits Pinterest Board!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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