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To Have on Hand for
Thank Goodness For Bourbon

Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of bourbon now? Each of this month's featured experts has a recommendation for you!

Jordan Felix of Portland's Multnomah Whisk(e)y Library suggests Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10 Year. It's an excellent bourbon to sip and savor. In cocktails, this bourbon's mint, toffee, and dark fruit tones create a complex, delicious palate. And, at its moderate price, it's an absolute steal for an age statement bourbon in the current bourbon buying climate.

Larry Rice of Louisville's Silver Dollar and El Camino suggests Four Roses Single Barrel, an impressive, readily available, and very affordable bourbon. It's a great sipper with a complex flavor profile: very floral with hints of eucalyptus, lemongrass, and candied pecans on the nose, and peaches, cinnamon, and white pepper on the palate, with a long sweet, spicy finish. It showcases about every aspect you hope to find in a bourbon. In cocktails, at 100 proof it stands up to dynamic modifiers and remains the star of the show.

Alba Huerta of The Pastry War and Julep in Houston suggests Old Grand-Dad 114, which is rich and full, with an aroma that's layered with notes of dark fruit, caramel heavy dark sweets, vanilla, bold spice, hay, oak, and a syrupy sweet undertone. This bourbon is actually the most affordable of these three recommendations, and it won't be around for long, so try it while it's still available!

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you will need 24 oz of bourbon; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.

Or you can do like some of our other subscribers and try more than one recommended bottle. That way you can taste all of the cocktails each way, and still have bourbon left over to add to your home bar!

Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 3/4, 1 and 2 oz, as well as a shaker, strainer, bar spoon, muddler, fine mesh strainer, citrus reamer or juicer, and mixing glass. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience. This month you will also need a kettle or microwave to heat up water and a thermometer if you want to be precise, as well as a skillet and some neutral oil, such as canola or safflower, for the Oolong Toddy and its garnish.

Recommended glassware: Rocks glass, coupe, and mug

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you will need about 4 pounds of ice (4 ice trays’ worth).

Inca Berry Sour

Fire in your Belly

Oolong Toddy