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Cheers to National Bourbon Day 2013
Photo by Ian Davis.
Read Bourbon Master Tim Knittel’s column here.
Juleps are old news by June. Here is Chef Tom’s recipe for the Bluegrass Breeze.
2 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey
1 oz DeKuyper Orange Curacao
4 oz Ginger Ale
Garnish: Orange slice
Mix the ingredients together and pour over ice, garnished with an orange slice.
Curacao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit grown on the island of Curacao and has a bitter sweet orange flavor. It is naturally colorless, but is often artifically colored with blue or orange, with the flavor remaining the same. The bitter orange pairs beautifully with the Makers Mark and ginger ale to create a light refreshing cocktail. As refreshing as a bluegrass late summer breeze. Although the flavor is the same, the color used greatly affects the appearance of the cocktail. The orange curacao is the official chosen one, resulting in a golden amber cocktail. The more widely-used blue curacao lends a blue-ish tropical flare to the signature cocktail.
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