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  • Feb 26, 2010
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If you are Bourbon lover like myself, you will love this book. Although it has only 50 recipes, most of the recipes are pretty "classic" and serves as a very handy reference, especially for someone who is just starting to venture into bourbon cocktail mixing.

Bourbon - 50 Rousing Recipes for a Classic American Spirit contains 45 drink recipes and 5 recipes for edibles (Turkey/Chicken in Bourbon Brine, Salmon with Brown Sugar and Bourbon Glaze, Bourbon Dessert Balls, Pie, and Sorbet).

The recipes are well laid out and easy to follow. There are also color photo illustrations for some of the drinks. The book begins with an introduction to Bourbon and educates you on the basics such as techniques, glassware (e.g. Rocks Glasses, Highball Glasses), shakers, jiggers, cocktail spoons, muddlers, and so on. The end of the book contains liquid conversions (tsp to ml), weight conversions (oz to g), and temperature conversions (°F to °C).

Bourbon 101
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Bourbon is one of several varieties of whiskies. One of the requisites for a whiskey to be called a "Bourbon" is it has to be produced in the United States. Other varieties of whiskies include whiskies produced in Scotland (Scotch Whiskey, or simply "Scotch"), Ireland (Irish Whiskey), Canada (Canadian Whiskey), and Tennessee (Tennessee Whiskey). Bourbon is the sweetest of all the whiskies. Many people find that Bourbon is a lot more smooth than other whiskies, which tend to have a harsher taste.

All of the ingredients in the book can be easily obtained from a supermarket. The most common ingredients include:

- Simple Syrup (Made by bringing equal parts of sugar and water to a gentle boil. Add Vanilla beans or mint to make Vanilla Simple Syrup and Mint Simple Syrup, respectively.)

- Garnish
o Maraschino Cherries
o Mint

- Juices
o Orange Juice
o Lemon Juice
o Lime Juice
o Grenadine
o Cranberry Juice

- Alcohol
o Tennessee Whiskey
o Vermouth
o Southern Comfort

- Soda
o Ginger Ale
o Club Soda
o Soda Water

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Bourbon - 50 Rousing Recipes for a Classic American Spirit contains 50 exciting recipes that will surely rouse the inner bartender in you. It's not too spendy and serves as a very handy reference to some of the most popular cocktail drink recipes. Recommended.

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ISBN-10: 1558324003
ISBN-13: 978-1558324008
Author: Fred Thompson
Publisher: Harvard Common Press

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