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A Classic Twist

Hello Friday!

We did it! We made it! The weekend is here!

It’s been a heck of a week over here, let me tell you. With our photography company being slammed (and this was supposed to be our off season), and a teething, running one year old, I am very much ready for a drink. I’ve made an Old Fashioned many times before but when I added a little Maple Syrup instead of the normal sugar cube, it was a very welcome change in this classic cocktail.

What you need:

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What you do:

Simply just add syrup, water, and bitters in a glass and stir until well blended. Then add your ice and orange peel, and top with bourbon. Garnish with orange peel and cherry.

That’s all for today! Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

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Kentucky Hug

This is known as the feeling you get in your chest when you take a shot of whiskey! It sounded even better in our tour guide Justin's southern accent.  Last weekend Mk and I did tours of Bourbon Distilleries in Kentucky and it was such a unique experience.

 
 

Our first stop was at the Bulleit distillery. I must say my favorite tid bit from this tour was about the whiskey barrels. When Bulleit is done with them, they go to Scotland to house Johnny Walker scotch, and then to Mexico to hold tequila. If they make it past there they head down to the Caribbean to house rum! So amazing the life these barrels have! 

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Next we were off to Buffalo Trace. I was excited to go here because this is MK's fav whiskey to have in the house. The plant was HUGE! It was very cool to get to see how everything was made.

Later that night we went to The Even Williams Speak Easy.  So fun. We were transported to prohibition where our bartender Rosko told us all about how they still drank "back in the day". They had this secrete door to get in that looks like a safe, so cool!

 
 

We started off Saturday by heading to Makers Mark where I was able to dip my own bottle in the iconic red wax. I loved the Makers 64 so that's what I chose to dip. The property of Makers Mark was absolutely stunning and was actually purchased for 35,000 dollars, on a 200 acre plot! The first bottle of Makers Mark was sold for $7 while most others were sold for $3.

We also go to tour Makers new Rickhouse which was built into a side of a massive hill. This is where they store the Makers 64. The back wall is actually the stone inside the hill. Since its built inside the hill it will stay a constant 50 degrees all year round.

At Four Roses we got to tour the bottling plant. It's such a cool experience to see just how the bourbon is bottled and what that exact process is. We got to drive through the whole property!

 
 

Jim Beam shows us the entire process from start to finish. MK got to actually bottle his own and put his thumb print in the black wax of Knob Creek.

It wouldn't be Friday without a drink recipe! Since the Mint Julep screams spring and is basically the state drink of Kentucky, I thought it would be perfect to make with my new favorite bourbon. I got a cocktail book called "Shake" from our Bulleit tour and I'm totally obsessed with it!

The W & P Mint Julep

(makes 2 drinks)

4 shots bourbon

Handful of fresh mint

4 sugar cubes

1/2 shot fresh lemon juice

Add mint leaves, sugar, and lemon juice to shaker. Muddle the ingredients until sugar has dissolved, add bourbon and ice and shake for 10 seconds. Then strain mixture into tumblers containing crushed ice and garnish with remaining mint leaves.

Cheers!

Have a great first weekend of spring all!

xoxo

Drinks and Ice

Happy Friday! Welcome to my Martini Moment! 

Today I'm talking easy holiday DIY decor and the perfect Christmas martini!  

Let's get the drink recipe out of the way so we can have something to sip the rest of this post shall we? 

1 cup chocolate milk

1 oz chocolate liqueur  

1/2 oz peppermint liqueur

Add everything in a shaker with ice and simply pour.

For the rim: rim the glass with chocolate syrup and roll in crushed candy canes

Fast Tip: To make this drink hot, just swap the milk for hot cocoa!  

Now, not only is this DIY fast, easy, and chic it's also inexpensive. All you need is a glue gun, clear color fill, and either branches from outside or picked up at the craft store. And maybe some candles. Get as creative as you want! All you do is glue the branches and roll in the color fill. It makes for chic icy décor, also it's colorless so it can go in just about any room. If you're feeling froggy add some pine. I have an abundance in my back yard so I thought why not?

Cheers to you and cheers to the weekend!

xoxo