National Bourbon Herritage Month
This September marks the 2nd celebration of Nation Bourbon Herritage Month. Congress unanimously passed the resolution proposed bu Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning in August 2007 and declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit”. September also marks the 18th Annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival held in Bardstown , Kentucky which I will be attending this year.
If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that bourbon is my spirit of choice. Although bourbon does not have to be made in Kentucky, most distilleries are practically side by side. This is one of the things I find fascinating about bourbon. Water is the primary ingredient to any alcohol, and it influences the production and flavor from beginning to end. But because most bourbon distilleries are neighbors, they share a similar water source. That means that the creation of each brand is completely up to the master distiller!!
Bourbon goes with anything. I love to make bourbon balls during the holiday season as gifts for friends. I use it in variations of my family’s “secret” barbeque sauce when entertaining or needing a little Southern fare. And though my go to drink is a Bourbon Manhattan, I have to say that the greatest celebration of this wonderful spirits lies in a drink that is consumed by most only once a year: The Mint Julep.
I have written about the Mint Julep previously ( check out the May 2009 archives if you want to see earlier posts), but nowhere have I seen the beauty of this drink celebrated than in the hands of Chris McMillan. Take a look here!!
So sit back, relax and pour yourself a little bourbon.And if you will be in Bardstown next week for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, I hope see you there!