I usually stick to vodka and tequila for my cocktails but on a recent rainy Saturday night out, I decided to order a Bourbon based drink at a local LA restaurant. My husband is a Bourbon drinker and has a small collection of fine Bourbons including Bookers, Blantons, Angel’s Envy, Woodford Reserve and a few others I can’t remember. For those of you that turn your nose up at brown liquors, Bourbon is a smoother drinking spirit than Whiskey or Scotch. For my first Bourbon cocktail at home, I just mixed equal parts of Crown Royal and orange juice. Not too complicated or fancy, but it was a nice sipping drink on a cool Fall evening. I plan to test out more of the Bourbons we have at the house and will report back with some easy cocktail recipes.
If you are confused by the difference between Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch – here is a quick explanation:
– Whiskey can be made anywhere in the world, can be made of any combination of grains but MUST be stored in oak containers. All Bourbon is Whiskey but not all Whiskey is Bourbon. Confused yet ?
– Bourbon is only produced in the US, must have at least 51% corn and MUST be stored in NEW Charred Oak containers. The name Bourbon comes from a county in the central bluegrass region of Kentucky. Bourbon also tends to have a slightly sweeter or smoother taste.
– Tennessee Whiskey is filtered through sugar-maple charcoal after being distilled. This is known as the Lincoln County Process. Jack Daniels is a Tennessee Whiskey.
– Scotch is Whiskey made in Scotland. Scotch is made mostly from malted barley, while Bourbon is distilled from corn.
Gayot.com published a list of Top Ten Bourbons that you can check out here. Blanton’s is a small batch Bourbon that I gave to my husband on our first wedding anniversary along with 4 beautiful cocktail glasses from Faberge.
* Crown Royal is actually a Canadian Whiskey, therefore it is NOT a Bourbon (which can only be made in the US) but the flavor of Crown Royal is smooth and similar to a Bourbon.