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Bottled-in-Bond: What it Means and Why it’s Important

What does “Bottled-in-Bond” mean and why should we care? Whiskey Professor and two-time Whiskey Man of the Year Bernie Lubbers visited Bottles recently to let us know just why. And we believe him. If you’re getting your dad a Bottled-in-Bond bottle of whiskey for Father’s Day, why not learn what makes it so special!

The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 laid out a set of regulations and standards for distilled spirits; more specifically it made the government the authenticator of a spirit’s quality. At the time, some whiskies were adulterated out of greed — things like iodine and tobacco were used for coloring or as flavoring agents. Folks wanted to trust that they were drinking the real deal, so the government stepped in.

When you purchase a “Bottled-in-Bond or “Bonded” bottle, you can rest assured that what’s in the bottle is just good old USA-made whiskey and time.

In order to be labeled “Bottled in Bond” or “Bonded” the whiskey must:

  • be the product of a single distillation season
  • be from one distiller at one distillery
  • be aged in a federally-bonded warehouse for at least 4 years
  • be bottled at 100 proof
  • identify the distillery in which it was made or the location where it was bottled

We have several Bottled-in-Bond bottles at Bottles – come by and let us help select the right one for you!

Here’s to Bottled-in-Bond!

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What to Pair with Oklahoma!

If you haven’t yet moseyed on over to see Trinity Repertory Company’s  widely-praised production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”, do it now. Mosey now.

And while you’re there, sip on “The Farmer and the Cowman,” a cocktail we created with Curt Columbus, Trinity’s Richard L. Bready Artistic Director, to pair with this quintessentially American show.

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“The Farmer and the Cowman”
Fill a tall glass with ice, add 1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon and 5-8 dashes Fee Brother’s Rhubarb Bitters. Top with soda water and garnish with a wagon wheel of lemon.

And If bourbon’s not your thing, try one of “Curt’s Picks.” They’re the bottles that Curt – a true wine lover with an experienced (and wonderful) palate – chose to pair with the show.

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Said Curt:

Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc is dry and crisp, without being overly sharp. Some sauvignons can be too grassy, and this one has really nice round fruit to it.  We had it last night with Asian food, and it was terrific, although it is a really great Spring sipping wine!”

The Charles & Charles is a stylish American rosé, crisp and fruity, with notes of ripe apple.  LIke all of the rosés I enjoy, it is not sweet, but is great with seafood, chicken and spring pastas.  Of course, it’s also fun to sit and sip on your porch!”

Enjoy the show – and if you enjoy the wine – visit Bottles, as 20% of each bottle purchased in store will be donated back to Trinity Rep through the duration of the production.

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Drink Your Chocolate

Skip the chewable chocolate this Valentine’s Day and give your sweetie the sippable sort. We’re crushing on a few bottles made with real chocolate and genuine skill, those that are good enough to be enjoyed year-round.

Meletti Cioccolato
Thick, dark, creamy, this Italian liqueur is pure pourable decadence. It’s made in Italy with milk and Dutch chocolate, sugar and alcohol, and is intensely rich and smooth with a balanced sweetness. We’re crazy for the Cioccolato any way it’s served: cold & neat (think adult pudding pop), warmed, over ice cream, or as a mixer in any number of cocktails.
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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
This full-flavored dark beer made with chocolate malt and real chocolate is luxurious without being overtly sweet. It’s certainly a satisfying treat on its own, but for something special, consider combining it in a frosty mug with vanilla ice cream and bourbon for the ultimate grown-up float.
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Nickle Creek Decadence
A Rhody original, from Foster! This beautiful bottle, reminiscent of Port, has warm flavors of cherry and plum that make way for a dark, bittersweet chocolate finish. It’s a delicious way to end a romantic dinner.
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Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bourbon 101

Whether we’re turning neophytes onto bourbon or introducing new finds to long-time aficionados, we at Bottles love talking about bourbon. We love talking about it, writing about it, sipping it, mixing it, discovering new distillers and re-discovering old distillers. We just flat out heart bourbon.

To spread the love to team members that are new to the store, we give them a crash course in the beloved brown spirit. A “Bourbon 101” to prime their palates for the joys ahead.

And given the sheer volume of questions we get in-store about bourbon we’re sharing our primer with you. What follows is meant to give you the basics on what it is and how it’s made. Once you’ve got that down, come in to the store or give us a call for the fun stuff: the flavor differences between styles and producers, which is sweetest, which is strongest, how best to enjoy bourbon and which makes the best Manhattan (just our opinion , of course).

Did we mention we love talking about bourbon?

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The Bottles’ 2015 Gift Guide

We scoured the wide world of beverages to select the perfect gifts for wine, beer and cocktail enthusiasts this year. They’re the bottles that are in-demand, on-trend, highly-acclaimed, and flat-out awesome.

Here’s what to give (and get) this holiday season:

gift1Four Roses Private Label Bourbon: Bottles’ Barrel #3 

Available only at Bottles: our private barrel (hand-selected by us!) of this highly sought-after bourbon: extremely rich & uncut – ideal for the hard-to-shop-for bourbon lover. Limited quantities availability. 

$59.99

 

gift2True Born Gin “The Belgian Wheat Act” – Sons of Liberty 

First released earlier this year, this genever-style gin distilled from beer brewed with traditional gin botanicals is for beer and gin lovers alike. Locavores, will love it, too – it’s made in RI.

$34.99

 

gift3Fifty-Fifty Eclipse Imperial Stout 

Delicious esoterica for the beer geek: award-winning Imperial Stout (various flavors) aged in oak bourbon barrels. The color of the wax enclosure indicates which bourbon casks were used.

$29.99 (22oz)

 

gift42010 Barolo 

The gift for serious collectors: 2010 is widely regarded as the most outstanding vintage for Barolo in the past several decades. Choose from our selection of acclaimed producers of this iconic wine.

$45 and up

 

gift5Creme de Noyaux Liqueur – Tempus Fugit Spirits 

Hand-crafted, all-natural almond & hazelnut creme liqueur for the serious at-home bartender and after-dinner drink aficionado. It’s what we want this year. Limited quantities available.

$39.99

 

gift6Sotol Por Siempre 

Wildly popular with the country’s most talented mixologists, this regional mezcal is made with wild-harvested sotol rather than the standard agave. A must-have for the tequila / cocktail enthusiast.

$44.99

 

chartreuse_giftGreen Chartreuse V.E.P 

The limited-edition, V.E.P bottling of this classic, secret-recipe liqueur is given special treatment with long aging in oak barrels. Each bottle is hand numbered and encased in a collectable wooden box. A truly special gift.

$164.99 

 

etna_giftMt. Etna (Sicilian) Wine 

They’re what sommeliers across the country are buzzing about: wines from this volcanic region are the most interesting being produced in Italy today. An outstanding gift for all wine enthusiasts. 

$15 – $65

 

gift_yellow_wine1999 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes 

One of the world’s most iconic wines is at the top of the bucket-list for many an oenophile. The pricing on the critically-acclaimed 1999 vintage makes this a splurge-worthy gift-of-a-lifetime. Don’t miss out.

$249.99 (375ml)

 

nips_giftBottles’ Mystery Box of Nips 

Five tiny bottles of booze all in one mystery box – who knows what they’ll get? One of our most popular gifts year after year. Makes a fun stocking stuffer or contribution to the Yankee Swap.

$14.99

 

AND, for true one-stop-shopping, ask a team member about our various, festive wrapping & gift card options.

Happy Holidays, and Cheers!

Let’s Get Punchy! 3 Holiday Punch Recipes

For me nothing says holiday festivities quite like a big ol’ batch of punch! Many fine parties have begun around a punch bowl. By serving punch, you’ll not only satisfy your unquenchable guests but also save yourself the crazy expense of trying to have a full bar at your shindig.

Even better yet, you can prepare most of these ahead of time! Mixing everything except the bubbly components (if your recipe calls for it!) allows the flavors to marry together. And that makes for some mighty fine punch!

The Long Hello

Fun, easy, and bubbly! This is a great budget friendly punch that will still have a major wow factor among your guests, and is full of classic holiday flavors.
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Ingredients

1 3/4 cups of Apple Brandy or Calvados
1 cup St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
10 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
1 bottle of Sparkling Wine or Champagne (750mL)
Freshly grated nutmeg
To make an ice mold:
Using a Bundt or tube pan, place pear and apple slices in a circle on the bottom of the container. Slowly add water to submerge the fruit & freeze. Ice ring can be made 1 week ahead.

Directions
Stir Calvados, St. Germain, bitters, and 1 cup of water in a punch bowl. Add ice ring (let the mold sit at room temperature for a few minutes to loosen), then sparkling wine. Ladle punch in glasses and grate nutmeg over each glass. Serves 16.

The Old Gunwhale

Near and dear to my heart, the Old Gunwhale is a personal favorite of mine. I have made this punch time and time again, each time with a wonderful reception from guests. Despite how simple it may seem, I find that the sum is definitely greater than its parts!
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For the chamomile syrup:

8 oz. water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons dried chamomile, or 2 chamomile tea bags

Ingredients
10 oz. Bourbon
8 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
6 oz. Chamomile Syrup
1 bar spoon Fee Brother’s Cranberry Bitters

Directions
In a saucepan, place the sugar, water, and the chamomile tea bags or dried chamomile tied in a piece of cheesecloth. Bring the mixture to a boil, let it cook for a few minutes, then remove from heat to cool to room temperature.

Combine the chamomile syrup, bourbon, grapefruit juice, and bitters in your serving bowl. Add ice cubes. To serve, ladle into a glass filled with ice. Serves 10.

Kentucky Cardinal

This is my wildcard recommendation! In the mood to throw all caution to the wind? Then this gem of a punch recipe may be overkill as far as ingredients go, but if you are looking for a wildly delicious punch, then look no further!
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Ingredients

1 bottle of Red Wine (shiraz or a similar fruity wine)
1 cup rye whiskey
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup sweet vermouth
1/4 cup Carpano Antica
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup Moscato d’Asti
4 cups sparkling water
Ice Block
Orange twists for garnish

Directions
Combine red wine, rye, brandy, vermouth and Carpano in a pitcher. Slowly stir in the sugar until dissolved. Refrigerate for a few hours until cold. When serving, place ice block in punch bowl and pour chilled mixture over. Top with moscato and sparkling water and serve. Garnish each glass with an orange twist. Makes 25 servings.

A note on serving vessels: Don’t have a Baccarat crystal punch bowl? Kidding, fret not my dearies! Honestly, if you have a punch bowl by all means utilize it! However for the rest of us, I have to say that a stock pot works darn well in a pinch.

Cheers!
– Jackie Blackwell

 

 

 

 

Favorite Bottles: Top Holiday Spirits

Liquor Gift Ideas

If there’s a time of year when you need a special bottle of something, it’s the holidays. Whether you’re looking the perfect gift for those you really appreciate, or need a memorable bottle to open up and share with family and friends, we’ve made sure to bring in our favorite picks to feature in the shop. 

Here is our selection of Gin, Vodka, Rum, Mezcal, Whiskey, Scotch, and even Chartreuse that we find especially delicious and interesting. Plus, they’re easy on the eyes! Cheers!

Gin

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GIN

Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin – A delightfully dry gin made with cool, crisp cucumber & aromatic citrus. As well suited to a Gin & Tonic as a dry Martini, this bottle is a real treat for the gin lover in your family.  Make a Botanical Spritzer

St. George Botanivore Gin – A remarkably well balanced gin in the London Dry style. Deeply aromatic, its juniper flavors blend seamlessly with note of citrus & herbs. Try it in a Dorflinger

St. George Terroir Gin – This heady gin is made with botanicals that grow in California. It has a big nose of spruce tips, with a finish of laurel & oranges. Our recommended cocktail: Terroir Martinez

St. George Dry Rye Gin – Rye is super spicy! This gin is electric with bright, spicy, dry rye flavors. Perfect for a Dry Rye Negroni.

Vodka

VODKA

Karlsson’s Gold – Made from seven separate distillations from virgin Norwegian potatoes. Incredibly smooth, with a rich mouthfeel and a creamy, lingering finish. Neither Eric or Liam are allowed to bring it home anymore – it goes too fast. Try it in a Black Gold (Karlsson’s on the rocks with a crack of black pepper).

Jewel of Russia ‘Ultra’ – Each unique, hand-painted bottle contains one of the purest spirits we’ve ever encountered. It’s almost like drinking nothing at all. How do you drink this? Shake over ice & strain. That’s it.

Mezcal Tequila

MEZCAL

Xicaru Silver – Made from 100% Espadin agave, smoked over mesquite, and crushed in the traditional Tahona method, this is a Mezcal of distinction. From its earthy start to its finish of light citrus notes, this is the perfect bottle for the Mezcal lover in your life, or for someone longing to be introduced to the world of Mezcal. Fantastic in a Mezcal Paloma – Pour 1 oz. of Xicaru in a highball glass with ice, and top with grapefruit soda.

Pierde Almas Coñejo – This remarkable Mezcal is only made once a year, and in very limited quantities. It’s produced by wrapping fruit, almonds, and anise in a rabbit & hanging it in the still, rather like a gin is produced. The final product is akin to drinking a big, beautiful, smoky, citrusy roast. Made for sipping.

Rum

RUM

Grand Ten Medford Rum – Grand Ten Distillers, in Boston, has brought back a lost, forgotten style of rum with their Medford. Made from a sour mash of blackstrap molasses, it’s creamy, buttery, & hugely aromatic. This is a whiskey lover’s sipping rum. Looking for a cocktail featuring Medford Rum? Make a Palmetto.

Clement 6 Year Grand Reserve – A true sipping rum, the Grand Reserve is a blend of rums aged for years in different oak casks – some in French Limousin, some in charred new American oak. The resulting blend of finish rums has flavors of almonds & biscotti, hazelnuts, tarragon, & green tea. Delicious as is.

Chartreuse

CHARTREUSE

Chartreuse Green – Truly in a class of its own, Chartreuse is the creation of Carthusian monks, who have been passing down & perfecting their recipe for centuries. Trying to describe the flavor of Chartreuse is like trying to describe your first kiss. It’s strange & wonderful, ethereal & delicious all at the same time. If you need a Chartreuse cocktail, we recommend a Chartreuse Smash.

Chartreuse Green V.E.P. – As if a bottle of Chartreuse wasn’t good enough, the monks also make an extra aged version. As far as we can tell, it’s made from unicorn tears, ambrosia, and the laughter of children. It’s a rare treat, and a stunning example of the heights people can achieve when they put their minds to it.

Cognac

COGNAC

D’Usse – This is a newcomer for us, and we were impressed with its intense flavors (of cinnamon & clove) and its light, creamy mouthfeel. This is a great bottle for the Cognac drinker in your life who’s looking for something new. D’Usse makes an impressive Vieux Carre.

Cognac Louis XIII

Remy Martin Louis XIII – This legendary blend contains no spirit less than 50 years old. It has subtle & nuanced flavors of hazelnuts, truffles, & prunes. Distinct & impressive, this is truly a gift for someone very deserving.

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WHISKEY

Tin Cup – American Whiskey at its finest, Tin Cup is a new release from Jess Graber out of Colorado. Distilled from grain and a generous amount of rye, it’s light & lively on the palate, with a dry finish that makes it equally as suited to cocktails as it is to a few cubes. Wonderful in a classic Old Fashioned.

Michters Celebration Bourbon Whiskey

Michter’s Celebration – Hand selected by Master Distiller Willie Pratt, this extraordinary blend of 20 – 30 year old Bourbons & Ryes is going to make one very lucky person very, very happy. It could be you!

Bruichladdich Scotch Whiskey

SCOTCH

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie – Previously known as the ‘Laddie 10’, this unpeated Single Malt is made from 100% Scottish barley, carefully distilled, and aged in American Oak. It’s equal parts fruity, malty, biscuity, creamy, & delightful. The perfect bottle for the Whiskey lover in your family.

Macallan 25

Macallan 25 Year Sherry Oak – One of the highest rated & consistent Single Malts in the world, the Macallan 25 Year exhibits deep & profound notes of cinnamon, wood smoke, dried fruits, and a touch of citrus. The kind of gift that lets people know what you really think of them.

Cheers!
– The Bottles Team

Just Peachy

We’re trying to hang on to summer as long as we can, but this fall weather also has us thinking of everything that comes with the season. In order to satisfy both cravings, we are pairing a Bourbon Roasted Peach Cheesecake (yummm!) with a German dessert wine called Beerenauslese.

Bourbon Peach Cheesecake & Dessert Wine Pairing

The round, juicy, acidic, yet sweet yellow peaches are used in all areas of cooking, baking, and creating drinks. It’s also often an aroma of wines. They scream home, comfort, and summer. And the Beerenauslese? It’s a dessert wine that tastes like fall with its color, deep flavors, and sweetness.

Peaches
If I was to ask you about peaches would you automatically think Georgia? Well, surprise surprise, peaches actually originated in China as early as 2000 BC. China is also the world’s largest producer of the fruit. Growing in Persia and the Roman empire by the first century AD, peaches were favored by kings and emperors, a prized treat in France, and are symbolic in many cultures.

Containing less than 70 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and tons of vitamins A and C, peaches are divided into two types: clingstones and freestones. Both of these varietals can either have a white flesh which are typically very sweet with little acidity, or a yellow flesh that tends to have more of an acidic tang coupled with sweetness.

Fun fact: “The world’s largest peach cobbler” is made every year in Georgia measuring 11 feet by 5 feet and contains 75 gallons of peaches! Holy Moley!!

Dessert Wine

Heinz Eifel Beerenauslese

A magnificent wine-culture deeply rooted in tradition, Germany has the Romans to thank for planting vineyards along the rivers 2,000 years ago.

Heinz Eifel, driven by determination to follow tradition and pay respect to the years of wine-culture, founded the Römerhof winery in 1979 in the heart of the Mosel Valley. They produce a brand of German wines crafted to reflect the distinctive character of the vineyards, using the highest quality grapes and processed with only the most modern techniques and technology.

A true testament to the “Art of German Winemaking,” this Beerenauslese is unbelievable. A late harvest wine, it delivers aromas and flavors of ripe pear, peach, honey, and caramelized fruit with a slight bitterness that carries over to the lightly sweet finish.

You know that feeling you get after you have just tasted something that is out of this world? That’s exactly how we feel about this wine and food pairing. You will be thanking us once you try it.

Peach Cheesecake Recipe

Bourbon Roasted Peach Cheesecake
Yield: 10 – 12 Servings
Time: 6 1/2 hours (it’s worth it)

Ingredients
Bourbon Roasted Peaches:
8 ripe, firm peaches
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup Bourbon (Use Four Roses Small Batch or Old Granddad)
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

Crust:
2 1/4 cups graham cracker, crumbs
1/2 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp Salt

Cheesecake Filling:
4 large eggs, separated
2 vanilla beans, seeds removed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
16 oz. cream cheese, cut into small pieces
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream

Method of Preparation
1. Roasted peaches: Position the oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil.

2. Slice 4 of the peaches into 3/4 inch thick slices and the remaining 4 into 1/4 inch pieces. Arrange each size in a single layer on their own baking sheet.

3. Whisk together the melted butter, bourbon, and salt in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture in half and drizzle each over the peaches. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of sugar over each baking sheet of peaches. Toss and rearrange them in a single layer.

4. Roast until the peaches are tender and the liquid is syrupy. This should take about 15 minutes, swapping the sheet trays halfway. Transfer the baking sheets to a cooling rack for about 20 minute.

5. Crust: Decrease the oven to 350 degrees and move the rack to the middle. Line the exterior of the springform pan with foil.

6. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, pecans, melted butter, brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl  until the crumbs are thoroughly saturated in butter. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, stopping about 1/2 inch from the top of the pan.

7. Bake the crust until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for about 15 to 20 minutes.

8. Cheesecake Filling: Decrease the oven to 275 degrees. In a large, clean and dry (important) bowl, whip the egg whites and vanilla bean seeds on medium speed until soft peaks form. This should take about 2 minutes.

9. Gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form, usually about another 1 – 2 minutes. If you are using a stand mixer, transfer the egg whites to another bowl and clean the one you just used.

10. In the medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg yolks and flour on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the heavy cream and continue to beat until creamy and smooth. Remember to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Once creamy and smooth, stir in the diced peaches.

11. Stir 1/3 of the egg whites into the cream cheese mixture, then, very gently FOLD (important) in the remaining egg whites. Scrape the batter into the cooled crust and bake until the cheesecake is set but still slightly wobbly in the center, 75 – 90 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake remain in there another 20 minutes.

12. Transfer the cheesecake to a cooling rack and cool for an hour. Transfer to the refrigerator to cool until completely chilled and set, at least 3 hours. Remove the cake from the springform mold and set on a serving dish. Top it with the sliced peaches and serve. Source

by Kimberly Vroegindeweij

4 Classic Bourbon Cocktails for Fall

There’s nothing like that warm whiskey feelin’ to help adjust to cooler nights. So, to ready yourself for fall, here are a few of our favorite bourbon cocktail recipes. They’re classic, easy to make, and delicious to boot!

– The Stone Fence incorporates freshly pressed apple cider…live dangerously (like we do) and try a Tripping Hazard as well. Our own ‘special’ recipe, a Tripping Hazard uses Downeast Hard Cider instead of regular ‘ole apple cider. It’s the Dark N’ Stumbly of the fall!

– A Whiskey Fizz is good for your digestion, and gets you tipsy at the same time.

– Need that sophisticated look? Make a Manhattan — be sure to use Luxardo maraschino cherries — they’re possibly the best maraschino cherries out there.

To shop the recommended bourbons & ingredients, swing by Bottles, and look for our Bourbon Special display. And if you’d like to learn more about our featured whiskeys this fall, you can read our latest post here to learn even more.

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Perfect to lay out at your next party!

Stone-Fence

Stone Fence

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. Bourbon (Evan Williams 1783)
Bitters (Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters)
Fresh pressed apple cider

DIRECTIONS
Get a big glass & fill with ice. 
Pour in 2 ounces of bourbon (Evan Williams 1783), and maybe, just maybe a dash of bitters. Fill with Freshly pressed cider from your local orchard. Drink it!

trippingTripping Hazard (our ‘special’ recipe)

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. Bourbon (Evan Williams 1783)
Bitters (Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters)
Downeast Cider

DIRECTIONS
Get a big glass & fill with ice, p
our in 2 ounces of Bourbon and maybe, just maybe a dash of bitters.  Fill with Downeast Cider. Drank it!

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Whiskey Fizz

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INGREDIENTS
2 oz. bourbon (Rittenhouse Rye)
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Half a lemon
Seltzer water
Mint, lemon zest, or fruit garnish

DIRECTIONS
Get a highball or similar glass & fill with crushed ice, a
dd 1/2 oz. simple syrup, pour in 2 oz. bourbon (Rittenhouse Rye), and squeeze in half a lemon. Stir the bejeezus out of it, top with seltzer water, and garnish with mint, lemon zest, and/or fruit.

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Just make a Manhattan, Dangit

INGREDIENTS
3 oz. bourbon (Henry McKenna)
1/2 oz. vermouth (or more to taste, use Noilly Prat Vermouth)
Bitters (Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters)
Maraschino cherry

DIRECTIONS
Get your best martini glass. I
n a shaker, add 3 ounces Bourbon (Henry McKenna), toss in a few dashes of bitters, and add 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth (or more, to taste). Shake the living heck out of it & strain into your cocktail glass. Drop a maraschino cherry in there and act sophisticated.

Cheers!
Bottles <3

Learn All About Heaven Hill Distilleries – Small Batch Bourbons, Bottled-in-Bond, and Beyond!

heavenhillIn the spirit of welcoming in the fall season, we are having a new Bourbon Special at Bottles! We’re featuring a wide range of whiskies by Heaven Hill DistilleriesAmerica’s largest independent family-owned producer of Bourbon, who holds the second largest inventory of bourbon in the country. They make great bourbons like Elijah Craig, Evan Williams 1783, Rittenhouse Rye, and much, much more. Below we’ve outlined some of the featured whiskeys from our display. So take a read, soak it in, and swing by the store today and grab a bottle or 5 off our new display!

henrymckenna1 copyHenry McKenna 10 Year, Bottled in Bond 
By law, a Bottled in Bond whiskey must be bottled at 100 proof, aged for a minimum of four years in a government warehouse, and must contain whiskey from a single season of distillery production. Henry McKenna is one of our all­-time favorite whiskies, from anywhere in the world. Bold without being pushy, and deceptively boozy, you’re gonna want Henry in your corner on a night out (or in)!
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Bernheim Wheat Whiskey
A straight whiskey that utilizes winter wheat to bring out extremely soft, sweet, slightly herbal flavors. Very good on its own and eminently mixable, this is a truly unique whiskey!
elijahcraig_12yrsmallbatch copyElijah Craig 12 Year
These days, you don’t see a lot of 12 year old Bourbon out there, and certainly not at an affordable price. Elijah Craig 12 is a truly small batch bourbon ­ each batch is blended from no more than 70 hand selected barrels. The result is a clean & bracing whiskey, with clear vanilla & oak notes.
evanwilliams_1783_1 copyEvan Williams 1783
1783 was the year the first official distiller opened in Kentucky, and this Bourbon pays tribute to that Kentucky spirit. A small batch version of Evan William’s Black Label, it’s dry & toasty, with a beguiling zesty & spicy finish.

 

evanwilliams_2004singlebar copyEvan William Single Barrel
Bottled from a barrel aged near the top of Heaven Hill’s rickhouse, where the average temperature is much higher. The resulting whiskey has penetrated deep into its barrel, picking up remarkably nuanced flavors of cocoa, black tea, vanilla, cedar, and a light citrus quality.
evanwilliam_whitelabel1 copyEvan Williams White Label, Bottled in Bond
By law, a Bottled in Bond whiskey must be bottled at 100 proof, aged for a minimum of four years in a government warehouse, and must contain whiskey from a single season of distillery production. This antiquated system helped protect farmers and distillers in the past, giving them a government backed cash crop and tax breaks on warehousing. Now­a­days, it just means good, quality Bourbon.
rittenhouserye1 copyRittenhouse Straight Rye
A spicy rye whisky that smells and tastes like running through a field on a warm summer day. This 100 proof expression loves to be mixed, though it can be consumed on the rocks if you want to put some hair on your chest!

Cheers!