My favourite cocktail hands down is a well-made Old Fashioned, so I was excited to come across this book dedicated to bourbon - in my estimation the best spirit. Nothing beats its delicious warmth and sweet undertones with a bit of bite.
This cocktail book provides an in-depth history of bourbon, which is great for enthusiasts who are keen on expanding their bourbon knowledge.
The Whiskey Rebellion of 1791 highlighted the growing importance of American whiskey. After the Revolutionary War, Kentucky was still part of Virginia, which was divided into smaller counties. Bourbon got its name from Bourbon County where it was made by corn farmers who found it easier to make a profit distilling whiskey rather than transporting corn.
The book has gorgeous cocktail photos throughout alongside fun facts and quotes. I particularly enjoyed these cracking quotes:
Hollywood legend Ava Gardener – “I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.” A pretty decent philosophy in my estimation, with the exception of the cigarette.
Comic W.C. Fields – “Once during Prohibition I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.” We can sympathise.
We also liked that the book included recommendations for where to find the best bourbon bars in the States. I’ll be sure to visit the Butcher & the Boar the next time I’m in Minneapolis but sadly, I’ve just missed out on the Whiskey on Ice Festival, which was held in Bloomington, Minnesota on the 21 April.
With a wealth of innovative bourbon recipes, some classic and some new, it’s a must-read book for any bourbon lover.
Bourbon Bartender: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the American Spirt by Jane Danger, Alla Lapushchik foreword by Clay Risen is published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Available online and at all good bookshops or at Amazon.co.uk for £16.99 (hardcover).