And, no, I don’t mean the French kings from two centuries ago. I mean the decadent bourbon choices I have this holiday season. Thanksgiving always reminds me of the long, agonizing night I spent in Kentucky with some backcountry hunters, hell-bent on shooting turkeys. I survived solely because of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and one strutting gobbler, hell-bent on escape. (Don’t ever stalk a turkey. EVER. Go buy one at Piggly-Wiggly and we’ll all sleep easier.)
But the Bulleit Straight Frontier Bourbon is a mixologist’s dream, and does not cause recurring nightmares. The Buffalo Trace Bourbon, another fine choice, needs nothing more than a splash of water to achieve perfection.
Bourbon cocktails and crisp autumn leaves go together like … well, like Christmas & Egg Nog, New Year’s Eve & Champagne, Monday & Jack Daniel’s. Whether you’re serving up a fresh gobbler, a Cajun turducken or a vegan Tofurky, there’s a perfect whiskey sidecar. Need something herbaceous and fragrant? Nothing beats sips of Rosemary Bourbon Sour while you nibble your sage stuffing.
Happy Thanksgiving, from my barstool to yours. And FYI, stay the hell out of Kentucky, unless you’re a serious drinker. Those guys play with live rounds.
*Pictured above: Irish Hazelnut Cream Cocktail