The House of Bourbon: Classic American Cocktails
Perhaps no cocktail is more gentlemanly than the resolute Manhattan. It showcases the fine taste gradations of quality bourbon while augmenting the flavor with vermouth and just the smallest amount of bitters. A Manhattan, like this one from Epicurean, is as appropriate for a winter brunch as it is for a summer evening.
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Don’t make the mistake of calling this classic cocktail by its common name—the “whiskey sour.” A cousin of the gin-based Tom Collins, the John Collins contains bourbon, simple syrup, soda water, a spritz of lemon, and a maraschino cherry.
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Since Jack Daniels is an American whiskey, it can properly be called bourbon, although some purists consider “Tennessee whiskey” to be a separate category of spirit. Regardless, this recipe for a vat of Lynchburg lemonade can be made with Jack Daniels or any other bourbon to satisfy a group of friends on a hot summer day.
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