Thursday, June 14th, 2012
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Not That You Need An Excuse To Drink Bourbon, But Today Is Bourbon Day

Hello there! It is once again the day we celebrate the birth of bourbon, that sweet Kentucky nectar the legends tell was first produced on this day in 1789. How should you commemorate this important occasion? I suggest "with bourbon." Here are two of my favorite recipes that highlight this most perfect of liquids.

This first one I call "The Neat":

INGREDIENTS
4 oz. bourbon

DIRECTIONS
1. Pour ingredients into glass.

2. Consume.

This is pretty much the perfect cocktail, but I am aware that some people prefer a lighter drink every now and again, particularly in the summer months as the weather grows warm. Hence what I have dubbed "On the Rocks":

INGREDIENTS
4 oz. bourbon
Ice

DIRECTIONS

1. Place ice in glass. [NOTE: Some people will say you should use one extremely large cube of ice, to impede dilution. These people are not necessarily wrong, but they are the kind of people who think WAY TOO MUCH about cocktail accoutrements.They are, in fact, the kind of people you desperately find yourself searching for excuses to avoid at cocktail parties. If you have a large cube of ice at hand, terrific. Good for you! If not, go with what you've got. The point is enjoyment, not precision. This is true of most things in life, by the way; it doesn't just apply to drinking. But I digress.]

2. Pour bourbon over ice.

3. Consume.

And there you have it. These are the two perfect ways to enjoy bourbon. Happy Bourbon Day, everyone. Celebrate responsibly, or at least have a responsible friend supervise your celebration.

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http://www.theawl.com/2011/12/whiskey-stones

What about with whiskey stones? Is there a name for that?

ejcsanfran (#489)

@NotAndersonCooper: Ask Balk's Cock about his whiskey stones…

roboloki (#1,724)

@NotAndersonCooper are the raw materials called "unborn whiskey stones"?

che (#231,426)

@NotAndersonCooper YES. You get all the cooling power without the dilution.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

Ohhhh THAT'S why I stayed up drinking it until 2:00 AM this morning: it was a subconscious homage.

Daniel Sargeant (#7,340)

The kitty's on a bender!

riotnrrd (#840)

What a coincidence! I celebrated several times last night (Willett 5-year, neat, watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)

@riotnrrd I DID THE SAME THING! (but it was just beer)

riotnrrd (#840)

@Heather Thompson@facebook I'm watching the 6th season for the first time (just finished it). Now to finish season 4 of Angel, and I'll only be a decade behind.

hman (#53)

A ROCKS GLASS, I presume?

tootsky (#217,426)

Well, I'm glad my greedy husband didn't polish off the Eagle Rare last night. I will celebrate with that.

purefog (#999)

It may be belaboring the obvious to note that the more quickly you consume Drink #2, the less likely it is to fall prey to the dread dilution. OTOH, if you are too hasty about it, it does not absorb the delicious chill of the ice. Perfect timing in these circumstances is beyond the reach of the amateur, I think.

Pop Socket (#187)

Looks like the Bookers is going to get a workout tonight.

karencarrot (#233,871)

Shit shit shit. I told myself I was going to skip the bourbon at the punk show I'm going to later. I guess I can't now. Mmmmmmm, bourbon!

Smitros (#5,315)

I had a conversation with my friend Basil Hayden.

mughal12 (#245,016)

Did NOT like the pumpkin Woodchuck. I'm at a disadvantage on account of not being able to drink beer, but the pumpkin Woodchuck just had no pumpkin in it. It was too syrupy without having a good flavor profile. I gave it a number of chances because I SO wanted to like it.Irish Rugby Shirts

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