Drink of the Week

Well, the whole cutesy name thing I was going for on the blog was rather….cutesy, so I went back to our regularly scheduled titles. Less confusion and frankly, LESS CUTESY. Anyway, today’s libation comes by way of Woodford Reserve™. As I’ve grown older, I have grown to appreciate the complex flavor of bourbon more.

Me drinking bourbon at 25: OMFG!! IT FEELS LIKE I’M DRINKING GASOLINE ON FIRE!!!

Me drinking bourbon at 50: Dayum, baby. Where have you been all my drinking life??

Now, I do tend to sip it slowly, and it does take me a while to finish bourbon served neat. But in a cocktail? I drink it like Water of Life.


  • 1½ oz. Woodford Reserve™ bourbon
  • 1 oz. Italian aperitif, like Cinzano™ or Campari™
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • orange peel

Add all liquid ingredients to a mixing glass. Add ice, and stir gently until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass, and twist the orange peel to release oils in the cocktail, dropping into drink to infuse. Enjoy the melding of flavors slowly and marvel at the awesomeness that is bourbon 😉

LC Aggie Sith


  1. Yup, Manhattans in any form are the way to go. Try it with rye whiskey instead of bourbon, to further mature your drinking taste buds.

    • Thanks for the tip. I have some Bulleit Rye with which I can substitute!

  2. If you develop a taste for rye, otherwise known as Monongahela whiskey, try the High West Rendezvous Rye. It’s not inexpensive, but it’s the real deal. I don’t think it can be appreciated by anyone under 40.

    If you like rye straight, find a bottle of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur ($40, or Barrow’s, $22) and make a Railroad Spike, which is the same 4:1 ratio as a Rusty Nail (but bigger/stronger) but made with Rye and ginger liqueur. Oh yumm. Much better than mixing rye with Canada Dry or ginger beer.

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