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35 Independent Craft Distillers That Need To Be On Your Radar

Small batch isn’t just a buzzword. It’s the now.
Apr 20, 2015 9:00 am

It’s Craft Beer & Spirits Week at Food Republic, which has us taking a close look at the small producers of fine potables around the United States. We can’t write long about all of these producers. But we wanted to call out some of our favorites craft spirits makers — as decided on by our editors and regular spirits writers — for the next time you are sitting at the bar or standing in your neighborhood bottle shop in need of inspiration.

The Mint Julep, Beyond That Horse Race

The story behind the American classic
Apr 14, 2015 1:00 pm

The Kentucky Derby always creeps up on me. I never remember it’s actually Derby Day — held on the first Saturday in May — until it’s, well, Derby Day. Truth be told, I’m more interested (like much of the population, I suspect) in enjoying the one drink that is synonymous with our most famous equine race than with the race itself. When made well, the mint julep is one of the most august libations ever created and certainly one of the most refreshing. But rarely is it executed with the dexterity it deserves — and talked about beyond that foggy afternoon in May. Naren Young investigates.

Ham And Bourbon Make For Quite The Perfect Kentucky Bromance

A match made in bluegrass heaven
Mar 2, 2015 1:00 pm

Taken individually, bourbon and country ham are both quite lovely gifts from nature to humanity, and they have a lot in common. Each starts out as a mundane farm foodstuff (corn, barley, swine) and, with deft handling and time, is converted to a truly special product that's much sought-after by epicureans. Not coincidentally, the commonwealth of Kentucky is well known as a source of both premium country ham and the finest bourbons. So it stands to reason that Kentucky’s two most famous exports that aren’t equine should taste great together, and boy, do they!

Bourbon Godfathers Gather In Kentucky To Discuss Insane Demand, Barrel Shortages

"We don’t have a gallon to give up”
Feb 23, 2015 2:00 pm

All the big-name bourbon makers gathered in Louisville last weekend to discuss the issues impacting their industry most notably the surging demand for barrel-aged booze and shortfalls on the supply side. Chris Chamberlain reports from the Bluegrass State.

What The Hell Is Colorado Whiskey? For One Distiller, The Answer Is Complicated.

The twisted genealogy of a truly American spirit
Jan 5, 2015 2:00 pm

Colorado whiskey nomenclature is a tangled mess. The grain comes from all over the Midwest, the liquor is distilled and aged in Indiana and the bottling is done in Denver. It’s named after an old Colorado mining town and sold in bottles that proclaim its Colorado bona fides, like the fact that it’s made with “pure Rocky Mountain water.” So what is Colorado whiskey? Whatever the hell distiller Jess Graber says it is. Here are the ones we're sipping.

Oh Snap! It's A Bacon Marmalade Recipe

Spread on burgers, steaks, sandwiches, anything
Dec 23, 2014 5:00 pm
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While it may be one of the most wonderful food and booze pairings in the natural world, leave bourbon and bacon cookbooks to the highly experienced folks at Southern Living. Author Morgan Murphy says it's not a diet book, and that's an understatement. As long as this wonderful collection is in your kitchen, you may never diet again. 

Winter Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

The flavors of the French Alps, now in a cocktail
Dec 12, 2014 3:00 pm

The French poet Victor Hugo once wrote, “life is a flower for which love is the honey.” Well, it seems the French have found a way for you to practically drink those words in liqueur form, via the exquisite génépi, distilled from Alpine mountain flowers. Sound like a good addition to your Old Fashioned? We thought so, too. 

Bourbon Apple Butternut Squash Soup With Roasted Kale Recipe

Garnish this creamy fall soup with crunchy kale
Oct 13, 2014 2:00 pm

Cathy Walthers is the author of several healthy eating cookbooks, including Raising the Salad Bar. Her latest, Kale, Glorious Kale (those names!) serves as a tribute to the popular farmers market staple. Texturize this creamy (but creamless) squash soup with crisp roasted kale and savory pumpkin seeds. 

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