Good Bourbon Drinks/Mixes

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    Dec 16, 2011 9:55 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    We have a surprise for a friend this Saturday night and he really enjoys bourbon (his wife says no gifts, but I insist)- and I wanted to get him a "gift bag" per se of a bottle of bourbon and the ingredients to make a great mixed drink.

    Does anyone have any good ideas for drinks with bourbon?

    I googled it but didn't get very far and/or google sucks when there's you guys icon_smile.gif
  • tuffguyndc

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    Dec 16, 2011 12:16 PM GMT
    running11 saidHey guys,

    We have a surprise for a friend this Saturday night and he really enjoys bourbon (his wife says no gifts, but I insist)- and I wanted to get him a "gift bag" per se of a bottle of bourbon and the ingredients to make a great mixed drink.

    Does anyone have any good ideas for drinks with bourbon?

    I googled it but didn't get very far and/or google sucks when there's you guys icon_smile.gif
    jim bean, jack daniels. are all great on the rocks.
  • zackmorrisfan...

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    Dec 16, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    Mint Julep. icon_biggrin.gif
  • chameleon

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    Dec 16, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    you just need bourbon, bitters, and red vermouth to make a manhattan

    i like it best on the rocks, so maybe a bottle of bourbon and a nice rocks glass?
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    Dec 16, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    Manhattan. I shot or two of Bourbon, a little bit of sweet Vermouth, a few spalses of bitters, add a cherry, and I like a slice of orange with it. Old Fashioneds are great too, but a little more complicated. You need to make a simple sugar syrup first.
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    Dec 16, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
    Jack Daniels, straight from the bottle.
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    Dec 16, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    I'm pretty much an exclusively bourbon drinker. If he's anything like me, he drinks it because he actually enjoys the taste of bourbon itself, so he won't really want to mix it. I'd say rather than getting him a bottle and a bunch if mixers, you should get him two bottles, of two different kinds. Again, if it were me, I'd love to get some Bulleit - http://www.bulleitbourbon.com/ and some Jack Daniels Single Barrel http://www.jackdaniels.com/TennesseeWhiskey/FamilyofBrands.aspx

    But that's just me, and I'm not the one getting the present. Did I mention my birthday is this Sunday, btw? icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    By definition Bourbon comes from Kentucky. Jack Daniels is Tennessee whiskey.

    A good bourbon should be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. I agree, get him a couple of nice glasses to go with a bottle. If you have BevMo where you are they may already have gift boxes of good brands.

    Do it with style: If your friend is already a bourbon drinker, focus on the bourbon not what to mix with it.

    Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Old Fitzgerald (ugly bottle but great bourbon), or my fave Bulleit.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    Squarepeg saidBy definition Bourbon comes from Kentucky. Jack Daniels is Tennessee whiskey.

    A good bourbon should be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. I agree, get him a couple of nice glasses to go with a bottle. If you have BevMo where you are they may already have gift boxes of good brands.

    Do it with style: If your friend is already a bourbon drinker, focus on the bourbon not what to mix with it.

    Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Old Fitzgerald (ugly bottle but great bourbon), or my fave Bulleit.icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm with you on Bulleit, and, yeah, JD labels itself as Tennessee whiskey, and bourbon is traditionally from Kentucky, but technically it can be produced anywhere in the US as long as it meets the specifications. JD meets them.
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    Dec 16, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    19c79 said
    Squarepeg saidBy definition Bourbon comes from Kentucky. Jack Daniels is Tennessee whiskey.

    A good bourbon should be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. I agree, get him a couple of nice glasses to go with a bottle. If you have BevMo where you are they may already have gift boxes of good brands.

    Do it with style: If your friend is already a bourbon drinker, focus on the bourbon not what to mix with it.

    Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Old Fitzgerald (ugly bottle but great bourbon), or my fave Bulleit.icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm with you on Bulleit, and, yeah, JD labels itself as Tennessee whiskey, and bourbon is traditionally from Kentucky, but technically it can be produced anywhere in the US as long as it meets the specifications. JD meets them.


    That stuff's still rotgut to me. icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    Squarepeg said
    19c79 said
    Squarepeg saidBy definition Bourbon comes from Kentucky. Jack Daniels is Tennessee whiskey.

    A good bourbon should be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. I agree, get him a couple of nice glasses to go with a bottle. If you have BevMo where you are they may already have gift boxes of good brands.

    Do it with style: If your friend is already a bourbon drinker, focus on the bourbon not what to mix with it.

    Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Old Fitzgerald (ugly bottle but great bourbon), or my fave Bulleit.icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm with you on Bulleit, and, yeah, JD labels itself as Tennessee whiskey, and bourbon is traditionally from Kentucky, but technically it can be produced anywhere in the US as long as it meets the specifications. JD meets them.


    That stuff's still rotgut to me. icon_confused.gif

    The Single Barrel is not bad at all. I'll take Bulleit over it, and I admit what I usually buy is Maker's, but when in the mood for some variety, Single Barrel JD is quite good. Have you tried it?
  • CAtoFL

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    Dec 16, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    If you want to be 'in season' (and you have some time to spend building a drink), you could also go the eggnog route.

    http://cocktails.about.com/od/whiskeyrecipes/a/bourbon_eggnog.htm
  • LJay

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    Dec 16, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    Bar-quality ice in glass, add bourbon, tiny splash of water.

    Of late, I have been going for Knob Creek and also Wild Turkey Rare Breed. They are completely different from each other, but both good.

    Prefer rye in the manhattans, but bourbon will certainly do.
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    Dec 16, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    if you want it to be more special than a bottle of corner store jack and he will be drinking it neat or on the rocks, why don't you look for a good small-batch micro-distillery. hudson and king county come to mind first, but colorado has a few good ones too. these are probably fine with in simple drinks with peychards or angostura or minimal citrus.

    if you plan to assault it with sweet vermouth or something else heavy-handed, four roses, makers, or bulliett is probably fine.
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    Dec 16, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    Actually, I have become a fan of a nice boutique style straight Kentucky bourbon...with just a touch of Tupelo honey in it, on the rocks. It's a new favorite....you have to stir the honey in first, then add the rocks.

    Don't get a run of the mill brand....Knob Creek at the least.
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    Dec 16, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    If you really like the guy, get him a good Irish whiskey (Red Breast) or single malt scotch (Laphroig). So much better than bourbon in my opinion. Yes, yes, I'm just taunting the bourbon drinkers.

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    If you're set on bourbon, which makes sense if that's what he likes, I agree that you should get him a really good bottle with some nice glasses. He'll drink the bourbon but he'll have the glasses for years.
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    Two shots of Jack Daniels honey, Warm Apple Cider, Cinnamon, Honey

    Mix these ingredients together...it is awesome. Only way I will drink whiskey lol.
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    bourbon + ginger ale, bourbon + arizona green tea (minimal hangover), mint juleps, bourbon + ice.
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    Awesome thanks you guys!

    All the help is soooo much appreciated icon_smile.gif !!!
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidIf you really like the guy, get him a good Irish whiskey (Red Breast) or single malt scotch (Laphroig). So much better than bourbon in my opinion. Yes, yes, I'm just taunting the bourbon drinkers.


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    Dec 16, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    Squarepeg saidBy definition Bourbon comes from Kentucky. Jack Daniels is Tennessee whiskey.


    Not necessarily. Legally, bourbon has to come from the United States, just as Scotch has to come from Scotland, Tequila from Mexico.

    http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=21224b7c634d83e0fa329bfd18bb85dc&rgn=div8&view=text&node=27:1.0.1.1.3.3.25.2&idno=27
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    carolinablue said
    Squarepeg saidBy definition Bourbon comes from Kentucky. Jack Daniels is Tennessee whiskey.


    Not necessarily. Legally, bourbon has to come from the United States, just as Scotch has to come from Scotland, Tequila from Mexico.

    http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=21224b7c634d83e0fa329bfd18bb85dc&rgn=div8&view=text&node=27:1.0.1.1.3.3.25.2&idno=27

    Thanks for pulling up the link... I was too lazy.
  • calibro

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    Dec 16, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    more bourbon
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:48 PM GMT
    Squarepeg and (the rapidly aging! gasp!) 19c79 have it right.

    The reason your Google search for bourbon-based mixed drinks produced so few results is that bourbon is considered a finished product. It's more like wine in many ways than it is like other whiskeys.

    To be called bourbon, a whiskey has to be made in America according to just a few very strict rules (grain mash that is minimum 51% corn, aged in new oak barrels, distilled to max of 160 proof, etc.). Those rules are tight enough that any whiskey made according to them will be identifiable as bourbon. But they're loose enough to leave lots of room for each distiller to exercise his own creativity, just like winemakers. We end up with a variety of bourbons with marked differences in depth, sweetness and other characteristics.

    Like wine, the pleasure is in tasting and experiencing the maker's artisanship, preferably unadulterated by any mixers. A very light splash of water (never chlorinated or flouridated and therefore never tap) or a couple of ice cubes are all that's acceptable for anything considered a quality bourbon.

    (It's quite awkward that the most popular mixed drink made with bourbon is the Manhattan cocktail. The Manhattan actually originated in New York during the Civil War as a recipe used to make ordinary rye whiskey taste more like the South's then unavailable bourbon. A bourbon manhattan is fine, but no quality bourbon, priced, say over $20 per fifth, should be sacrificed to make it.)

    Because of its complexity, bourbon is one of those drinks whose flavor and general experience vary with the kind of glass from which it is drunk. Snifters, old fashioned (rocks) glasses and shot glasses each give a very different experience of the same bourbon. So one gift idea could be a nice set of one or two of each of those types of glasses along with a bottle of a good bourbon.

    There's an excellent liquor store in your area where you can get great advice and find a very good selection of bourbons and barware. Check out France44. It's the recommendation, by email just a moment ago, of a chef friend in the Twin Cities.

    You're doing a very nice thing and any bourbon lover would be happy to call you a friend! (My birthday is in January, did I mention?)

    And btw, tl/dr? Sorry, but I'm a former chef and hardcore bourbon lover. This thread struck a major 9th chord.
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    Hickram saidSquarepeg and (the rapidly aging! gasp!) 19c79 have it right.

    Excellent post, Hickram, but...

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