If next month’s beer fest can’t come too soon, perhaps Payless Liquors’ Celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month can ease the wait. Thursday evenings in September, at select Payless Liquors locations, will be dedicated to paying homage to the cultural foundation of bourbon.
By celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month with Payless Liquors throughout the month of September, our customers are assisting us in discovering the smoothest bourbon.
Payless Liquors’ Bourbon Events
To honor this spirit, there will be samplings of special selections of bourbons featuring Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Fusion Series and Discovery Series bourbons. In addition, there will be raffle prizes, catered food pairings, and more surprises. Bourbon fans will also be treated to educational insights surrounding the history of this mysterious spirit.
Seasoned bourbon aficionados and novices alike are invited to join this celebration honoring the history, heritage, and craftsmanship of bourbon. Events include:
September 15, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
14580 River Road, Westfield, IN 46033
September 22, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1266 Madison Avenue, Greenwood, IN 46142
September 29, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
9520 Uptown Drive, Suite G, Indianapolis, IN 46256
Before you head to the closest Payless Liquors location to sample the newest blend of Bardstown’s finest corn whiskey, brush up on your bourbon trivia below.
An American Native Spirit
In 1964, the U.S. Congress declared bourbon an American native spirit in that it is a unique product of the United States. Thus, federal law defines bourbon as whiskey that contains at least 51% corn and has been matured for a minimum of two years in fresh charred white oak barrels. Thus, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.
Kentucky is the bourbon capital of the world because Kentucky produces the most and the best bourbon in the world. There are more barrels of bourbon distilling in distilleries across the state of Kentucky than there are people living there. At any given moment, around 7.5 million barrels are aging in charred white oak barrels in Kentucky. Bardstown Bourbon Company, located in Bardstown, Kentucky, produces 110,000 barrels and 7 million proof barrels per year.
Bardstown Bourbon Company
For hundreds of years, the exact process of making bourbon has been a mystery, as it became customary for brewers to guard their recipes and means of production from the public. But Bardstown Bourbon Company is changing things. They are unveiling the secrets behind the beloved spirit. They have gone so far as to build a distillery with all spaces open or housed behind clear glass to remain transparent in their plant and process.
Bardstown Bourbon Company’s sophisticated and scientific distillery is technologically advanced and technically flexible. By inviting their customers into their process and educating them about the intricacies of distilling a smooth and timeless bourbon, they are ensuring the Kentucky bourbon legacy will live on for many more years.
Some may say Bardstown, Kentucky is the home of bourbon whiskey, as they host the Kentucky Bourbon Festival every September. Payless Liquors patrons can experience a taste of that by joining in the Thursday celebrations. Let’s engage, dine, and toast to America’s native spirit together. Come by the store or place your order online today!
Following his father’s death in 1819, Scotsman Johnnie Walker transitioned from working on a family farm to running a grocery shop in Kilmarnock. He discovered he not only had a natural talent for business but a passion for whisky as well. During the early 19th century, most grocers stocked a line of single malt whisky, but Johnnie noticed that the batches were never very consistent. In a stroke of genius, he decided to start blending the batches together to give his customers a reliable taste they could count on, and this became a popular staple in his shop.
After Johnnie’s death in 1857, his thriving business was passed down to his son, Alexander. At that time, the Industrial Revolution was booming, and the railway had arrived in Kilmarnock, carrying goods from small towns and cities alike to great ships for distribution around the world. In 1867, Alexander copyrighted and officially launched the first Johnnie Walker commercial blend of scotch, calling it “Old Highland Whisky.” He coordinated with the ships’ captains to promote his whisky by hiring them to serve as his agents and carry his whisky around the globe.
Unfortunately, these worldwide treks left many bottles broken before they arrived at their destinations. In 1870, Alexander updated the Johnnie Walker bottle design from a typical cylindrical shape to a square to reduce breakages and lost profit. This made packing bottles easier and maximized space on ships. He also began using the brand’s now-iconic label, slanted at a 20-degree angle, to allow space for more text and ensure it would continue standing out from the crowd. Alexander left the business to his sons, master blender Alexander II and astute businessman George.
In 1909, Alexander II and George were largely responsible for turning the company into the legacy brand we know today. They expanded the successful line of whiskies and re-registered them after the colors of their labels. Special Old Highland became Johnnie Walker Red Label and Extra Special Old Highland became Johnnie Walker Black Label. Local illustrator Tom Browne sketched a figure now known as the Striding Man logo, and this Victorian dandy turned into the new face of Johnnie Walker.
By 1920, Johnnie Walker’s Scotch blends were available in 120 countries around the world. They quickly became an integral part of global culture, with everyone from songwriters, filmmakers, and movie stars to statesmen and sportsmen singing the brand’s praises and immortalizing it across a variety of creative realms. In 1934, Johnnie Walker was the top-selling Scotch whisky in the world, and King George V granted John Walker & Sons a Royal Warrant to supply the whisky to the royal household, which is still held to this day.
This award-winning whisky brand has continued to add new lines to inventory. At the end of the 20th century, Johnnie Walker Red Label and Black Label have been joined by Blue Label, Green Label, Platinum Label, Gold Label Reserve, and Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years. Johnnie Walker is still considered the world’s biggest whisky brand, and even the most discerning whisky connoisseurs enjoy the extraordinary depth and bold flavors of these blends.
If you want to experiment with Johnnie Walker’s scotch whisky blends, contact Payless Liquors today to order online and pick up your haul curbside.
’Tis the season yet again, and as we prepare to gather and make merry, let’s be sure not to skimp on the holiday liquor. Knowing what to have on standby is crucial to creating the perfect drink.
A well-stocked home-for-the-holidays offers drink selections that are both diverse and accessible, with a mix of classic crowd-pleasers and exceptional choices to prominently feature holiday and deep-autumn flavors.
The Holiday Liquor Cabinet
A liquor cabinet that can hold up through Thanksgiving and well into the New Year is important. Nobody wants to break their holiday groove to make an emergency run to the liquor store in their Christmas pajamas. So, make sure you have the following liquors available for guests at a minimum.
Rum—Try a spiced rum for warm wintertime vibes. You can’t go wrong with Captain Morgan or Sailor Jerry’s. Mixes well with nog and in hot mixed drinks.
Whiskey—Make sure you have something on hand for the whiskey connoisseurs at your holiday gathering. Irish whiskeys and bourbons can both hearken back to the memories of a traditional country Christmas. Try exploring offerings from Jameson or Knob Creek.
Vodka—a simple, clean vodka is a must-have for guests who want mixed drinks. It’s the most versatile and adaptable of the liquors. Try Svedka or Smirnoff, both of which also offer flavor-infused vodkas that might spark your holiday creativity.
Peppermint Schnapps—for those candy-cane-themed mixers or shooters, of course. Try spiking your hot cocoa.
Brandy—Brandy is another drink that can go well with egg nog, but it’s also a favorite for just sipping around the fire. Rémy Martin XO is a staple, but in some households, it’s a Christmas tradition to acquire a bottle of Spanish Brandy, or Brandy de Jerez, which owes its unique qualities to being derived from Spanish sherry.
Hearty Winter Beers
It’s not all about liquor. The beer-drinkers at your holiday festivities also deserve consideration. Stock up on a crowd favorite like Budweiser, with their annual holiday-themed cans, but think outside the gift box as well.
There is no shortage of craft brewers putting out seasonal brews each year. Try to have choices in at least three categories. Grab a lager, an ale, and round out the offerings with a porter or stout because you’ll want to have something hearty and dark on hand this time of year.
Bell’s Brewery—Christmas Ale
Tröegs Brewing—Mad Elf
Sierra Nevada—Celebration Ale
Samuel Adams—Winter Lager
Leinenkugel’s—Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
Mulling wine is a fun and easy way to add some warmth and holiday spice to your celebration. You simply simmer a dark wine at low heat and add cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, and whatever other herbs or spices you like, infusing it with that magical Christmastime flavor. Don’t boil it. Set your heat too high, and you’re likely to burn away alcohol content.
Zinfandel (not white)
Mixers and N/A
Don’t forget your nog, sparkling juice, ginger ale, and cola. Head to your nearest Payless Liquors and stock up on holiday cheer.
As the darker days set in, we turn to darker liquors. We may even decide to treat ourselves to something special as we gear up for the long winter. Market research shows that whiskeys and bourbons consistently become more popular in the fall and winter months, and distilleries often capitalize on this by dropping new releases and limited editions at the end of summer. Check out these fall whiskeys to see which ones you should try!
What’s good for whiskey drinkers this fall? A whole lot, as it turns out! Here are some of the fall releases we’re most excited for. Click here if you’d like to reserve a bottle.
Eagle Rare 17 Year-Old
Eagle Rare 17 Year-Old is the highest-end product in the Eagle Rare line from the renowned Buffalo Trace distillery. It’s aged in oak barrels, and the proud producers at Buffalo Trace say it has an “almost a wine-like character,” with spicy, nutty notes and a lingering quality.
Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch
Four Roses limited edition runs are over 114 proof, and the 2021 batch has four distinct bourbons to choose from: a 12 year-old, a 14-year old, and 16 year-old bourbons of two different formulations.
King of Kentucky 2021
The historic King of Kentucky bourbon label was revived in 2018, and whiskey drinkers have been anticipating every release since. Head to Kentucky, Illinois, or Ohio if you want to find a bottle, as there will only be about 2,700 produced.
Little Book Chapter 5
Little Book, a series of craft bourbons created by Jim Beam, has reached its fifth incarnation, and Chapter 5 has been branded “The Invitation”. The Little Book line has intrigued both Jim Beam fans and high end whiskey connoisseurs with its interplay between tradition and experimentation. “The Invitation” is perhaps a reference to whiskey drinkers being invited to expand their horizons with this unusual and complex blended whiskey. Little Book Chapter 5 contains four bourbons of various ages, as well as rye whiskey.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
The 2021 version of Old Forester’s coveted Birthday Bourbon is a hefty 104 proof and has been aged 12 years. Budget-oriented whiskey drinkers will be happy to know that Old Forester’s standard line of offerings are also of a very high quality.
Our second entry from Buffalo Trace Distillery, Sazerac 18-Year, is a rye whiskey that has been aged for nearly two decades. Sazerac is named after a historic New Orleans coffee house that created an iconic cocktail using rye whiskey.
High West – A Midwinter’s Night Dram Act 9
Each year, High West thrills whiskey lovers with a limited release of their highly regarded Rendezvous Rye that has been specially finished in French oak port barrels. This creates a complex and multi-layered beverage that pairs well with sips by the fire and warm fall flavors.
Penelope Batch 7 Barrel Strength
Barrel Strength is a somewhat experimental label from Penelope Bourbon. The distillery describes the Barrel Strength line as “push[ing] the boundaries of our signature four grain flavor profile” and it lives up to the claim. This year’s batch is a blend of three bourbons which have been aged in new oak for between 3.5 and 5 years.
While not a limited release, we wanted to give Angel’s Envy a special shout-out in this list for their Toast the Trees promotion happening this fall. Great bourbon requires oak barrels, oak barrels require trees, and trees require healthy forests. Angel’s Envy distillery in Louisville is stepping up to do something about it by asking us to #ToastTheTrees to help them plant a whole lot of white oaks this year.
Scotch and bourbon lovers are never at a loss for options, but if the cooler fall months have you in a funk, feeling burned out by that same old drink, now is a great time to branch out and try a Canadian whiskey. Canadian whiskey offers a smooth burn similar to bourbon with a flavor profile that is mellow and accessible yet capable of hiding layers of depth and complexity to rival your favorite scotch.
What Is Canadian Whiskey?
The history of Canadian distilling dates back to Quebec City in the mid-1700s, per the Canadian Distillers Association. The first distiller to produce proper whiskey in Canada is believed to be John Molson in 1799.
But the true history of Canadian whiskey predates all of that. Scottish immigrants initially made their whiskey exactly as they did back home, or at least as close as they could get given local resources, conditions, and available ingredients—an origin story very similar to those of Appalachia’s storied bourbons and moonshines. What we now know as Canadian whiskey evolved over the next two centuries from this rudimentary transplanted scotch, just like its cousins in the United States.
To fit the modern definition of proper Canadian whiskey, a product should be aged in charred oak barrels for three or more years. Most Canadian whiskeys contain rye but are not considered true rye whiskey (though some rye-forward products are specifically labeled and marketed as “Canadian rye”).
How to Drink Canadian Whiskey
When you’re first exploring Canadian whiskeys, simply take a small sip at room temperature and roll it around your tongue and mouth. Then, serve it to yourself at the bottom of a proper tumbler rather than in a shot glass so that you can get your nose inside for a good sniff.
Drinking it straight over ice or mixed with water are also excellent ways to trial new brands without masking the flavor.
They also make great mixers for the whiskey and coke or whiskey sour connoisseur.
Great Brands for a Budget
At Payless Liquors, we offer a number of high-end and budget whiskeys, and the budget brands offer good flavor while still offering a quality drink.
Windsor Canadian—A staple of taverns and man-caves throughout North America and the world, Windsor is a great entry point for people who want a prototypical Canadian whiskey experience without sacrificing quality.
Canadian Hunter—The iconic bottle design of a rugged hunter with his two imposing dogs belies Hunter’s bright, approachable flavor and almost sweet notes. Canadian Hunter is an excellent choice if you want the most whiskey for your dollar.
Canadian Club—Another brand you’ll find behind the bar at many a fine establishment, Canadian Club has a mellow, even-keeled flavor that makes it great for mixing or sipping over ice. (They also offer a 100% rye version on a green label.)
High-End Canadian Whiskeys for the Connoisseur
In addition to well-known national brands, many special releases, boutique products, and high-end brands make their way through the Canadian whiskey scene. Here are some to watch for:
The “world of whiskey” isn’t just a way to describe the sheer diversity of this spirit—it’s a nod to the fact that whiskey is produced in different ways around the world and even across the United States. However, the secret to enjoying a glass of whiskey is usually as simple as understanding exactly what you like. We’ll help you get a solid start by learning more about what makes them all unique in the first place.
These major types make up the vast majority of the whiskey you’ll find on the shelves of your local liquor store:
● Bourbon. This whiskey is one of the most popular spirits in the US, and for a good reason. However, there are rules surrounding bourbon whiskey—to be considered a bourbon, a whiskey must be produced in America from at least 51% corn mash, aged in a new oak barrel, and bottled at least 80 proof. Bourbons are usually smoother and sweeter than other types of whiskey and can feature vanilla or caramel notes.
● Tennessee whiskey. Tennessee whiskeys like Jack Daniels and other big names in whiskey often qualify as bourbons under the strict whiskey laws. However, Tennessee whiskey must also undergo charcoal filtration according to the “Lincoln County Process” before cask aging occurs.
● American whiskey. If a whiskey produced in America doesn’t qualify as a bourbon or Tennessee whiskey, it is likely produced using a blend of the two processes—or even a blend of multiple whiskey types. As a result, the characteristics of American whiskeys can vary wildly from brand to brand.
● Irish whiskey. Smooth in character, Irish whiskey is ideal for mixing, sipping on the rocks, or even neat. The process involves a mash of unmalted barley, triple distillation using only mash, water, and caramel coloring, and aging in wooden casks for at least three years.
● Scotch whisky. Scotch whisky (note the missing E) is usually referred to simply as “Scotch” and must undergo a very specific process dictated by Scottish law. It must be made in Scotland with malted barley and other grains, dried with peat moss smoke, and distilled in a copper still. Scotch is aged in oak barrels for at least three years and must be accompanied by an age statement so the drinker can characterize the whisky. Most Scotch is sipped on the rocks or neat.
● Canadian whisky. Similar to Scotch, Canadian whisky must age in barrels for at least three years. Due to a relatively high corn or rye content, however, many Canadian whiskies taste similar to American whiskeys and bourbons; others utilize wheat or barley. Most are suitable for sipping or mixing,
● Japanese whisky. One of the newest participants in the world of whiskey, Japan has begun crafting some excellent spirits in recent years. The country holds exceptionally high standards for all the whiskies it creates and has modeled its processes on the Scottish method of producing Scotch whisky. Not quite as complex as Scotch, but not as sweet as bourbon, Japanese whisky is an ideal whisky to sip or mix in cocktails of your choice.
Whether you prefer a sweeter bourbon produced right here in America or a nuanced Scotch crafted painstakingly over peat smoke, you’ll find quality examples of all the above varieties at your nearest Payless Liquors. Stop by and ask for a recommendation from one of our friendly sales staff, or reserve a bottle of the whiskey that’s right for you.
1. Add the sugar and bitters to a rocks glass, then add water, and stir until sugar is nearly dissolved.
2. Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and gently stir to combine.
3. Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in.
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Bulleit Bourbon is a household name for a reason. With a recipe dating back to the early 19th century, bourbon drinkers know Bulleit is smooth and spicy. It is a taste that’s entirely unique to the brand. Though the liquor itself is timeless and unchanged, the Bulleit brand is always finding ways to stay relevant. The most recent of these endeavors being the advent of the Bulleit Woody. It’s a vintage-inspired teardrop camper designed specifically to serve up Bulleit Bourbon.
Though the Bulleit recipe dates back to 1830, the company began in 1987 to revive the old family rye bourbon recipe. This unique blend of traits poises Bulleit to be a modern, viable company in the 21st century. Meanwhile, giving it the foundation of a timeless recipe with hundreds of years of development. Though its classic bourbon is still the most popular, the company has since developed other products. They offer a complete line of barrel bourbon, select blends, and ryes. Its core set of liquors has an incredible range of uses. The centuries of experience has allowed the company to develop tried and true recipes for its products, ranging from Whiskey Sours to Bourbon Swizzles to Old-Fashioneds.
The Woody Design
Though it looks like a classic camper at first glance, the Woody is anything but ordinary. It features boasting artfully chosen wood exterior (more on that in a bit) and retro, white-rimmed tires. This camper hits you in the face with nostalgia at first glance. This first glance is enough to make anyone swoon. However, upon further inspection, it’s clear that this little camper is more than swoon-worthy. While the inside lounge area has the feel of a Kentucky cigar club, the real selling point is the outside. The back of the camper pulls out into a full-service bourbon bar. It is complete with ice-well and a shiny mirrored backsplash. It gives the bar that 1940s feel that was hitherto incongruous with the outdoors. This baby camper brings a speakeasy feel to picnics and tailgate parties, something that we didn’t know we needed until now.
The Devil Is in the Details
Having a classy bourbon bar on wheels is appealing enough. But, what makes the Woody so devilishly attractive is the meticulous thought that designer Brad Ford put into its every component. Bulleit Bourbon influenced the iconic color of the Woody itself. The inside ceiling is lined with repurposed bourbon barrels. Even the seemingly unrelated aspect of the interior leather was chosen to fit the smell, feel, and ambiance of the Bulleit experience. Bulleit bourbon inspired every minute detail of the Woody. It has made it a completely unique and must-see attraction.
See It for Yourself
Because there are only two Bulleit Woodys in the world, experiencing one for yourself is a rare treat. Luckily for you, Payless Liquors is hosting a Bulleit Woody event on November 13 and 14 at its store in Indianapolis. Stop by to see this excellent piece of bourbon-inspired art for yourself, and taste some of the fantastic bourbons that Payless has to offer.
You may not think about it every time you crack open a beer, shake up a cocktail, or pour a glass of wine, but alcohol has played an enormous role in our cultural experience for 10,000 years. Humans have cultivated the production of beer, wine, and spirits as staples for celebrations and rites of passage, essential cooking ingredients, medicinal tonics, and enjoyable beverages when we need to unwind. So, is it any surprise that there are hundreds of quirky alcohol facts that many people don’t know? Read up on some of this surprising information and share it with friends the next time you get together for drinks.
10 Interesting Alcohol Facts
The ancient Romans are responsible for the term “toast”. Now it is a term to describe raising a glass to good health and fortune. However, in the days of Old Rome, they dropped a piece of toast into the wine.
Francis Scott Key’s poem that became our beloved national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” wasn’t sung until it was set to the tune of a popular drinking song.
How many bubbles are there in a bottle of champagne? Funny you should ask—the general estimate is that there are 49,000,000 bubbles. This would be a fun alternative to “guess how many jellybeans are in the jar” at your next family reunion.
You will find a cloud of alcohol in the depths of space with a density to produce 4 trillion beverages. Imagine standing beneath that cloudburst!
The pressure in an average car tire is 30 PSI; it is 90 PSI in champagne bottles. Therefore, the cork shoots out of the bottle at about 55 miles per hour. Its signature celebratory “pop” is a staple of New Year’s Eve parties, but sadly champagne corks kill about 24 people every year.
Tired of having to settle for just a handle of vodka? Until 1885, the only size you could buy was a 12.3-liter bucket. Why did we ever downsize?
Now that we’ve established the number of bubbles in a bottle of champagne, how many grapes do you think it takes to make a bottle of wine? According to winemakers, it takes between three and 10 bunches, or 600 to 800 grapes, depending on the size and varietal.
Have you ever heard the shortest sentence that contains all the letters of the alphabet? Most people think it’s “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.,” but we bet that you haven’t considered “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs!”
Are you a gin drinker who is interested in using some slang from the 1800s? Well, the next time you order, try monikers like “Mother’s Ruin,” “King Theodore of Corsica,” “Parliamentary Brandy,” “Royal Poverty,” or “Ladies’ Delight.”
When visiting Scotland, be sure to try Snake Venom Beer. However, you may not want to have more than one. At 67.5% alcohol, that snake is sure to bite you back!
If these facts don’t help you win your next round of trivia, at least they were fun to read. And maybe they made you thirsty. When you need to stock up on wine, beer, or liquor, Payless Liquors has everything you need. Come by and check out our great selection today.
Terry Bradshaw has released his own Bradshaw Bourbon. Terry Bradshaw is one of the most well-known figures in professional football and American entertainment history. Known for having some of the most powerful arms in NFL history, Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl Championships in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979. He also set many NFL records and was the first quarterback to win three and then four Super Bowl Championships. The NFL inducted Terry Bradshaw into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1989, and he began a new career as an entertainer in the early 1990s.
Whether you remember him from his glory days of the Steelers or enjoyed his sports analysis as a host of Fox NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw is the only NFL player to have a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He continues to be one of the most noteworthy members of the modern football world. Now he’s started a new venture to bring Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon to Americans.
Introducing Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Terry Bradshaw loves good bourbon. He has invested in his line of professionally crafted Kentucky Straight Bourbon, distilled in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country and supervised by a third-generation bourbon distilling master. Bottled at 51.9% to honor Terry’s pass completion record, this bourbon is much more than just a licensed novelty bottle.
Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon has a robust, complex, and satisfying flavor profile from start to finish. Off the sip, you’ll detect notes of coffee, leather, banana, vanilla, and the unmistakable aroma of a campfire. The tasting notes include cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and baking spices followed by a rich finish complete with wood, butterscotch, and vanilla tones.
If you’re interested in picking up a bottle of Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon of your own, there are many ways to drink it. The Terry Bradshaw is the most straightforward way to enjoy it; pour it over ice in a rocks glass and enjoy.
For a more involved cocktail with Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon, try the Playmaker Whiskey Sour. Start by adding two ounces of Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Then add three-quarters of an ounce each of lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and then strain into a rocks glass over ice, garnishing with a cherry or lemon wedge. The complex and robust flavor profile of it offers an incredible spin on the classic Whiskey Sour.
Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon is one of the best new additions to the American bourbon market. Enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or mixed into your favorite cocktail. It offers authenticity and the care and attention of a true American icon and bourbon lover.
Where to Find Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon
If you’re ready to pick up a bottle of your own, Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon is headed to store shelves this year at an introductory price of $39.99 for a 750 mL bottle. Payless Liquors can help you find a bottle of your own easily and conveniently when you contact us online.
As we inch closer to another football season, it’s time to learn how to make tailgating cocktails. Sadly, we must deal with the bleak prospect that some local football may not happen as planned this year. Still, it’s important to keep the football spirit alive no matter what league you’re watching.
Traditionally, of course, the tailgating drink of choice is none other than inexpensive beer. However, this being the season of change, we’ve decided to roll with the punches and provide you with a list of alternative cocktails that truly honor area teams. Try these cocktails for your next tailgate experience:
Built to honor none other than the Purdue Boilermakers up in West Lafayette, this relatively simple drink is perfect for a tailgate party. All you’ll need are two ingredients any self-respecting tailgater should have readily on hand:
1 lager beer, poured into a mug
1 ½ oz bourbon (preferably Wild Turkey) poured into a shot glass
Then, simply drop your shot of bourbon into your beer and race to the finish!
While this drink was designed to incorporate Indiana heritage and regional ingredients, IU fans can appreciate the name as well as the unique autumn flavor. You’ll need:
Pour syrup into a cocktail shaker and muddle with rosemary. Add ice and remaining ingredients, shake well, and strain over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a slice of apple.
Return to Glory
Developed to depict the heritage of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and their return to a storied football program, the Return to Glory is as tasty as it is descriptive. Gather these ingredients:
2 oz Irish whiskey
2 oz ginger ale
½ oz Peach Schnapps
Splash of orange juice
Pour ingredients over ice in a tall glass. If desired, garnish with an orange slice and toast to the Fighting Irish’s return to glory.
Aside from smaller, more regional programs, the NFL may be the area’s one remaining hope of a full-scale football schedule this year. As a result, we’ve included this recipe crafted specifically for Indianapolis Colts fans – signature blue color and appropriately named tequila (Herradura means “horseshoe in Spanish) aside. We adore this play on a margarita. You’ll need:
1 ½ oz Herradura Blanco (or other white tequila)
2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz agave nectar
½ oz blue curaçao
Pour all ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini or cocktail glass.
If your team isn’t well-represented in Indy (or if football is delayed once again), there’s no reason to fret. This Tailgate Tea is a crowd-pleaser we’d be happy to sip anytime, football or no. Gather these ingredients:
1½ parts Svedka Strawberry Lemonade
1 part tea
½ part simple syrup
½ part fresh lemon juice
Splash of Corona Extra
Pour the first four ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice. Top off with a splash of Corona Extra, stir, and enjoy.
No matter what happens with this year’s football season, Payless Liquors is here for you. Stop in to see how our wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits can help you stock any social distancing tailgate party. Alternatively, call ahead or place an online order for pickup any night of the week.
Bourbon. It’s potentially the one alcohol America can truly claim as its very own. At the very least, it is considered by many to be the quintessential American whiskey. It’s true that this sippable, caramelly, oaky, spirit is unique from other whiskeys. However, many Americans don’t know what makes a bourbon a true bourbon.
We’re here to clear that up, once and for all.
Bourbon Is Not Synonymous With Whiskey
You may have heard the saying before – all bourbons are whiskeys, but not all whiskeys are bourbons. So, what does the phrase actually mean? Whiskey is a spirit that is distilled in many regions of the world. The most notable are from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. They are from the fermented mash of different types of grains.
Styles of whiskey vary throughout the world, especially in which types of grains are used in the process. For example, Scotch whisky is mostly crafted from fermented barley, while Canadian whiskey is often made from a blend of grains. As a whiskey, American bourbon is also made from fermented grains, but the recipe – and process – is unique to its production and required by law.
American production. To be labeled a bourbon, a whiskey must be produced within the US. However, other whiskeys can be produced anywhere.
51% corn mash. While most other whiskeys can use any combination of fermented grains, bourbons must consist of at least 51% corn mash.
New, charred-oak barrels. All whiskeys are aged in oak barrels, but a bourbon is aged in a never-before-used, charred barrel to help lend the signature flavor.
Distillation limits. It must be placed in barrels at no more than 125 proof and distilled to no more than 160 proof.
No additives. While you might find a whiskey with added caramel and vanilla notes, true bourbons cannot have any flavor or coloring additives.
Other Fine Print
Aside from the name on the label of your favorite bourbon, you might notice a few other terms, including:
Straight is aged for at least two years. It’s likely longer than four if you don’t see an age specified on the bottle.
Aged left to sit for longer periods in charred barrels take on a bit darker color and more of the flavor imparted by the oak and char – namely vanilla and caramel notes.
Single barrel is a batch that is sourced from only one of a brand’s many barrels – as opposed to most bourbons, which are blends of multiple barrels to produce a uniform flavor across the entire line.
Small batch might be straight bourbon or may simply be a smaller batch than usual, blended from multiple barrels.
For more information about bourbon or any other spirit, ask the knowledgeable staff about the wide selection of bourbons at your nearest Payless Liquor location. Take a moment to pick out key phrases from the label to know what toexpect. Together, you can take a moment to find your newest find.