Bourbon Heritage RoundupSeptember 27, 2012 By: Kristen Santoro
On August 2, 2007 the US Senate declared September National Bourbon Heritage Month. And this September there were plenty of places to learn about and taste what is considered America’s “Native Spirit.”
Wrapping up its month long celebration, Bourbon takes its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky and must be aged in new American oak barrels. It is the most regulated spirit production process in the world; begin composed of at least 51% corn with water, grain and yeast being the only other ingredients. In addition, Bourbon must start its aging process at no more than 125 proof and finish between 80 and 160 proof.
Bourbon is considered the quintessential America spirit and deserves to be recognized. Take Brother Jimmy’s for example: With multiple locations in New York, Miami, San Juan and St. Maarten their barnyard BBQ theme goes hand and hand with Bourbon. The restaurant carries nearly 20 Bourbons ranging from the classics to boutique brands.
Strata Restaurant & Bar in Houston, Texas also took advantage of the celebration by offering a Burgers, Beers & Bourbon promotional menu this month to honor the spirit and to help them decided what new burger would make an appearance on their fall menu.
September isn’t over yet, so take this weekend to promote a great American spirit!
KNOB CREEK BOURBON FIZZ
1½ parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
PREPARATION1. Muddle thyme and simple syrup thoroughly in the bottom of a shaker
2. Combine with lemon juice, Knob Creek® Bourbon and egg white
3. Add ice and shake vigorously for one minute
4. Strain over ice and float with Orangina® Soda
5. Garnish with a few sprigs of thyme
KNOB CREEK PERFECT MANHATTAN
2 parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
PREPARATION1. Fill a mixing glass with ice
2. Add Knob Creek, vermouth, and bitters
3. Stir and pour into a cocktail glass
4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry