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Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Jill and I have been enjoying making small batch ice tea from our Keurig. We found Celestial Seasoning’s “Sweet Tea” and Arnold Palmer pods. Such an easy way to whip up a small batch of ice tea.

Tonight we had some spicy Korean Chicken (recipe coming) and thought the tea would be a nice balance. Of course we needed to help it along with some Bourbon so came up with a Bourbon Arnold Palmer. The story of the Arnold Palmer is that he was in Palm Springs designing a golf course. During lunch he asked the waitress for an ice tea with some lemonade in it. The story goes that a lady overheard him and also asked the waitress for a “Palmer” and eventually took on his full name “Arnold Palmer”.

2 cups of ice tea
1/2 cup of simple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup of Bourbon

You should have your simple syrup on hand…remember? Brew some tea to your strength preference and let it cool.
Stir in your lemon and simple syrup and taste. Now finish it off with Bourbon and top with ice and a Cherryman Cherry or two. Ahhh

Bourbon Peach Buttermilk Popsicles

Bourbon Peach Buttermilk Popsicles

  • Servings: 20 pops
  • Difficulty: easy
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Bourbon Peach Buttermilk Popsicles
Steel City is a Popsicle company that is/as been sweeping the south. They started out in Alabama and they are to popsicles what Sprinkles is to cupcakes. (Crazy flavors and combinations) My wife’s school had them come out and give their staff popsicles. She had buttermilk and loved it.

So I wanted to try this and thought about the bourbon peach jam I made for one of my sandwiches and thought it would be great in this Popsicle.

I ordered my Popsicle molds from Amazon. I must say I did struggle with getting them out of the Popsicle molds but made a second batch and let them stay in the freezer for two days before eating. Warm water on the outside of the mold and they pulled out beautifully.

Bourbon peach jam
2 peaches, skinned and cubed
1 tbs of sugar
2 tbs of Bourbon
Pinch of Kosher Salt

2 cups of buttermilk
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups of simple sugar (2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar)
1 vanilla bean, scraped

1. Medium heated pot, add your peaches and sugar and heat until softened. Add the bourbon and light it to burn it off. Never pour liquor to the pot while on the burner. With a potato masher break up the mixture until somewhat smooth. If you want it chunky don’t mash it as much.

2. Make your simple syrup by adding equal parts 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar and heat, stir until sugar is dissolved. I added my vanilla into this mixture by splitting the vanilla bean with a knife and with the dull side of a knife scrap the inside and add to the mixture. I also added the whole bean until the syrup cooled.

3. Let both your peach jam and simple syrup cool to room temperature.

4. Once cooled add everything into a bowl with a spout. Stir and pour into molds. Freeze overnight to make sure it’s fully frozen. Place molds into warm water and pull, and enjoy. You can also pull them out and place into individual plastic bags if you needed to eat them over time. (ie not a party).

Mint “Jillep”

Please don’t tell me I misspelled Julep. while I am a horrible writer, I did that one on purpose to honor my wife.

Mint Julip

This is where the whiskey bug bit us. My wife, Jill, was at a librarian conference in New Orleans a few years ago. As she explained, she went to a party one night and they were handing out mint juleps to loosen up those stiff spines. One sip in… “where have you been all my life?” Hopefully she was talking about the drink.

We generally go weekly to a local watering hole and sit at the bar and eat. Ordered one up and loved it. I don’t like “sweet” drinks or sugar so I pulled back on the syrup and eventually just went straight whiskey. She on the other hand demands a sugar rim with her julep.

simple syrup ( 1:1 ratio ) Distilled water and turbinado sugar on the stove to dissolve the sugar. I actually put four sprigs of bruised mint to flavor my syrup.

Bourbon to Mint Syrup ratio 3:1
one splash of bitters over ice.

1835 Bourbon Whiskey

1835 Bourbon Whiskey

The more threads I pull surrounding Texas Whiskey the more I realize how quickly you can get into a nasty knot. Texans are proud, and to some obnoxious, so when claiming rights to being a Texas Whiskey there are many opinions. 1835 refers to one of the first battles of Texas independence. The story goes a white flag appeared with a painted cannon and the words “Come and Take it” on it. The 1835 label celebrates all of this Texas pride.

When trying to link them to this post I ran into some articles about the whole Texas whiskey scene and in this case many claim this is only “bottled in Texas”.  Apparently people took issue with it. 

My stance here is simple. I enjoy Whiskey Bourbon and where possible I like to support local and small businesses. If it’s “bottled” here those folks bottling are local in my book.  Now if the whiskey’s were similar in quality I would likely go for the distilled over bottled locally.  I just wanted to get that out there before people come back and throw a flag on these guys for the “bottled” vs “distilled”.

1835 had a promotional display and discount so I snatched a bottle and given the price point I wasn’t expecting much. I really enjoyed 1835.  It’s light with some fruity notes and it easily drinks “neat”. Really clean drink.  Would be nice in an Old Fashioned or Whiskey Sour but I will drink it neat.   Nice work 1835.


Whiskey-Thyme Lemonade

Whiskey-Thyme Lemonade

Yesterday was national “Lemonade Day”. When life gives you lemons get lit on lemonade.
Disclaimer: Anyone under the age of 21 shouldn’t drink alcohol. That said when you are 21 you might give this one a try responsibly.

The thyme infused syrup was a nice touch.  I still struggle with ratios on stuff like this because I dont like it very sweet but my wife likes it on the sweeter side.  I think for me, I would try this ratio:  4 parts Whiskey 1 part lemon juice 1/2 part syrup.



1.5 cup water and 1 cup turbinado to make simple syrup
10 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
12 oz bourbon
lemon slices
Fresh thyme sprig
Topped with Club soda

1 Make simple syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water and 10 sprigs of thyme to infuse the syrup. Let it cool.
2 In two tall glasses, combine thyme simple syrup, lemon juice, and whiskey; stir with wooden spoon.
3 To serve, pour lemonade over ice into cups, filling each half full. Top each with club soda. Garnish with thyme sprigs.


Dixie Cup Cocktail

Dixie Cup Cocktail

Bourbon and Ginger Ale with a twist of lime. Fentiman’s specializes in floral notes. In addition to a biting ginger taste you get some bonus floral tastes.

6 oz of Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey
2 oz of Fentiman’s Ginger Beer
Twist of lime (just the peel)

If you like it sweeter you can hit it with sugarcane syrup or increase your ginger beer.


Red River Texas Whiskey

Jem Beverage Company
Red River Texas Whiskey

Red River Whiskey
Red River Whiskey

My wife and I loved (now closed) this dive bar in Dallas called Tried & True. (same guys of NHS Bar & Grill http://nhsbarandgrill.com/) They had this killer pimento cheese with saltine crackers that I topped with Tabasco. Needless to say a pimento cheese recipe will be perfected and posted soon. They had an extensive Whiskey list and specifically Texas Whiskey. We would order some pimento cheese and enjoy flights of Texas Whiskey. At the time, two stood out to me Red River and TX Blended Whiskey. Let’s focus on TX Blended first.

Frankly their website sucks from the informative perspective, for example they don’t describe flavor profiles etc. They do claim small batch only with focus on quality over quantity. I tried the Whiskey and really thought it was smooth. Good bite with a mild finish. Not wildly fruity. Really nice stuff.

You should give them a try. They have Canadian and Rye blends as well.

TX Blended Whiskey

Firestone and Robertson Distilling in Ft. Worth, TX
TX Blended Whiskey

TX Blended Whiskey
TX Blended Whiskey

My wife and I loved (now closed) this dive bar in Dallas called Tried & True. (same guys of NHS Bar & Grill http://nhsbarandgrill.com/) They had this killer pimento cheese with saltine crackers that I topped with Tabasco. Needless to say a pimento cheese recipe will be perfected and posted soon. They had an extensive Whiskey list and specifically Texas Whiskey. We would order some pimento cheese and enjoy flights of Texas Whiskey. At the time, two stood out to me Red River and TX Blended Whiskey. Let’s focus on TX Blended first.

You should give them a try.

We finally settled on the perfect recipe: An extraordinarily complex spectrum of fragrance and flavor that mixes well or stands alone on the rocks or neat. TX Blended Whiskey is a proprietary masterpiece we are incredibly proud of. We hope you’ll enjoy it.
Blenders’ Tasting Notes:
• Color: Auburn
• Nose: Vanilla bean, oak and pear
• Taste: Honey butter, banana, caramel and coffee
• Finish: Long, smooth and slightly sweet
• Proof: 82

Yellow Rose Double Barrel Whiskey

Yellow Rose Double Barrel Whiskey (Purple Label)
Recommendation: YES

Yellow Rose  Double Barrel Texas Whiskey
Yellow Rose Double Barrel Texas Whiskey

When we “make a run” to the liquor store, I always try to pick up a small bottle of less mainstream whiskey. Particularly I try to sample all the Texas Whiskeys, Vodkas and Tequilas. It’s my way of the doing the Lords work and supporting the “small guy” while enjoying new tastes…

Recently, I picked up a bottle of Yellow Rose’s Double Barrel Whiskey (lavender label). Got to tell you, this stuff was fantastic. So smooth with subtle hint of fruitiness.

Below is their description.
Flavor Profile:
• COLOR: Auburn, polished mahogany.
• NOSE: Vanilla, roasted chocolate, plum and maple syrup.
• PALATE: Brown sugar, maple syrup, candied fruit.
• FINISH: Short and smooth finish.
• COMMENTS: Unique twist on a traditional bourbon

Yellow Rose Distilling http://yellowrosedistilling.com/?age-verified=f50a62f360
Our Story
So the legend goes, in 1836 at the battle of San Jacinto, the Yellow Rose of Texas ensured General Sam Houston’s victory paving the way for the Republic of Texas. Located in the heart of Houston, Texas, Yellow Rose Distillery proudly honors the history of this great state.
Have you ever sat around with your friends, enjoying your favorite beverage, and had a dream to create something new? Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose is the brain child of two neighbors, Troy Smith and Ryan Baird. With the help of partner Randy Whitaker, Yellow Rose launched into the Texas market in 2012. We believe it takes a lot more than talk to create something great. After years of hard work and dedication, we are proud to be Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery!
We are fresh off of a Best In Class award for our Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon at the American Distilling Institute and a Double Gold for our Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey at the San Francisco Artisan Spirits. With accolades like these it’s no wonder Yellow Rose Distilling is making its mark in the artisan spirits sector. We’re quickly finding homes in markets throughout the US.