Jiggle All the Way: Gingerbread Bourbon Jellies
Bourbon. Gelatin. Gingerbread men. Three staples of the American holiday table, now come together – literally. A family challenge, a touch of history, and a little lesson from mom, helped meld these three unlikely, culinary, Christmas components into one.
November 19, 2022
Grilled Peach Old Fashioned
One of my favorite memories as a child was going to the Lexington Farmers Market when the South Carolina Peach Lady was in town. I could smell the peaches as soon as the minivan door opened. Long, plywood tables were mounded with the most gorgeous red and yellow hues of fresh, juicy peaches. I could never make it home without sinking my teeth into one of those luscious fruits. So when it comes to making a summer cocktail fit for Father’s Day, I combine my two favorite Kentucky June memories: peaches and Bourbon.
July 15, 2022
Getting Back to the Mint Julep’s Middle Eastern Roots
It grew out of a happy accident in our kitchen when we had some extra rosewater-infused simple syrup to enjoy, but it actually tracks with the origin of the word julep itself, which is derived from the Persian “gulab” and the Arabic “julab,” both refer to drinks made with rose petals and sweetened water.
Janice W. Fernheimer & Jim Ridolfo,
April 14, 2022
Which Bourbon Cocktail Should You Sip, According to Your Sign?
Have you ever wondered which cocktail you should try based on when you were born? We didn’t think so! Now for some delicious content that nobody asked for but everybody loves: cocktails paired with star signs.
October 12, 2021
Kentucky Campfire Old Fashioned
My best advice about cocktails is to view the classics not as a recipe, but as a formula. This is especially true of my favorite cocktail: the Old Fashioned. The formula for this classic is easily explained by the title of Derek Brown's book, Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters (excellent book for history and cocktail recipes!).
September 29, 2021
Your Next Game Night Just Got Way More Spirited
While William Faulkner famously quipped that “civilization starts with distillation,” he easily could have added board games to the beginnings of the ‘modern’ world. Games like Senet and Backgammon go back thousands of years, and picturing ancient cultures thoughtfully analyzing moves and pawns with a libation close at hand isn’t difficult to do.
July 29, 2021
Enjoy Like a True Kentuckian: Responsibly