National Bourbon Month

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National Bourbon Month

Bourbon’s roots are tied to the migration of settlers west from the original colonies, in the 18th and 19th centuries. They included Scots-Irish descendants of the men who invented Scotch and Irish whiskies, but they also included other English, Welsh, German, and French settlers. The Bourbon name comes from Bourbon County, a large Kentucky district founded after the American Revolution. This county was ripe for crops and corn especially. According to Charles K. Cowdery, by the time Bourbon County was formed in 1785, there were dozens if not hundreds of small farmer-distillers making whiskey throughout the region. By the late 1800s, there were hundreds of distilleries in Kentucky. Now, ten major whiskey makers produce hundreds of brands, including many of the top-priced single-barrel, small-batch, and cask-strength variations. Lyndon B. Johnson gave bourbon his presidential stamp in 1964 when he signed an Act of Congress that designated bourbon as “The Official Spirit of America”.

Beaker & Gray

Whether shaken or stirred – or in this case neat – Wynwood’s premiere watering hole Beaker & Gray is the ideal spot to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Wind down with the bittersweet Cocoa Boulevardier featuring barrel-aged Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, Campari, Cinzano 1757 and Tuthilltown cacao ($13); or sip on a classic Old Fashioned with Old Forester 100, sugar and angostura – available during Happy Hour for only $7

Glass and Vine

the garden oasis in the heart of Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park offers the barrel-aged spirit in the Commodore Sour ($13) with Buffalo Trace bourbon, yuzu, soy, and rice vinegar. Diners can enjoy this concoction and other specialty cocktails for only $8 during Happier Hour every weekday from 2PM to 7PM.

Living Room

The modern, nocturnal playground Living Room located at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, is known for its innovative mixology program and artisanal libations. At Living Room, cocktails feature exotic herbs; house-made spices and essential oils; edible flowers, top-shelf spirits and locally sourced organic produce. For National Bourbon Month, Living Room has multiple options including the stylish American Splendor with bourbon, dry vermouth, orange flavored liqueur, and pineapple juice; the Bourbon Wash Manhattan, a decadent take on a classic with fat washed bourbon, dry curacao, sweet vermouth, and whiskey barrel bitters; and the refreshing KiwiBon bourbon, apple cider, agave, kiwi, and fresh lemon juice. These globally-inspired cocktails can be enjoyed on one of Living Room’s plush couches or outside on the patio overlooking the pool”


Celebrate National Bourbon Month with The Speck-tacular Now created by Bar Manager William Rivas at one of Miami Beach’s most beloved restaurants, Macchialina. For the savory cocktail, Rivas renders speck fat and infuses it into Old Forester bourbon, then adds a house made honey clove syrup and Jamaican #1 bitters and tops it off with an orange peel.