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Bitters bind all the ingredients of an Old Fashioned together and creates an extra level of nuance for the other flavors. There are many bitter flavors out there, making it easy for you to create flavor variations of the simplest Old Fashioned recipe.
With our 2nd Annual Knob Creek® Campout just weeks away, we’ve got bourbon and camping on the brain. Even if you won’t be joining us on the Ultimate Bourbon Adventure, there’s still a few ways you can bring big, full flavor back to nature.
1) Bourbon Tiki Torches – Normally an empty bottle of Knob Creek® Bourbon would be a tragedy, but try making DIY bourbon bottle tiki torches to help light your campsite. You can find tiki torch wicks and fluid at your local home improvement store, and we don’t think you’ll have to look too far for the bottles of Knob Creek. Just be sure to rinse ‘em real good beforehand.
2) Bourbon Baked Beans – Take this campout staple to the next level by adding a little bit of bourbon to the mix. Hell, if you’ve got bacon add that in too. You can never have too much flavor at a campout.
3) Bourbon Hot Coffee – What’s better than a thermos full of hot coffee? A thermos full of big, full flavor. Add a splash or two of Knob
Fellow bourbon brothers and sisters agree, whether you’re on a patio, or a porch, there’s no better way to soak up the sunshine than with the refreshing taste of a Knob Creek® Old Fashioned.
Now we know the original bourbon cocktail calls for the original big, full flavor, but on a hot summer day, a good Old Fashioned also calls for the right kind of ice.
As it melts, ice becomes part of the drink and impacts flavor and balance. Logic tells us that clean water makes clean ice. So start off on the right foot and use distilled or purified water, not tap.
Fresh ice is a must. Over time the ice will absorb other flavors in your freezer and get freezer burn. So be sure to use new ice, not ice that’s been sitting next to the fish in your freezer for a month.
The most commonly used ice is cubed ice. A perfect ice cube should be completely clear, but a bit of solid white in the center is okay too. Cubed ice is just fine for an Old Fashioned, just remember that the
Bourbon lovers may enjoy the big, full flavor of Knob Creek® Bourbon year-round, but there’s one treat that tastes especially damn great during the dog days of summer: ice cream.
It’s no surprise that Knob Creek® Creator, Booker Noe, thought this timeless summer treat tasted even better with bourbon. To be honest, Booker thought everything tasted better with bourbon.
So, on a hot summer day, after whipping up his grandson, Freddie Jr. a homemade chocolate milkshake, he’d make one for himself too, with a little bit of bourbon of course.
Since Booker was obsessed with perfecting all of his recipes, this one probably took a few tries to get right. But, just like his bourbon, the end result was big, full flavor at its finest.
Booker Noe’s Bourbon Milkshake Recipe
• 2.5 cups chocolate ice cream
• 2 parts 2% milk
• 2 parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
• 4 teaspoons chocolate syrup
• 1 Teaspoon malt powder
Fishing is a sport of patience. You bait your hook, cast your line and wait. Some days you spend hours casting and reeling before feeling that glorious tug at the end of your line. But it’s worth the wait when you finally catch yourself a good-sized trout or a sneaky bluegill.
It’s no wonder fishing was one of Booker Noe’s favorite pastimes. As the creator of Knob Creek Bourbon and sixth-generation Master Distiller, he knew a thing or two about patience. After all, bourbon takes years to age to perfection, and in the case of Knob Creek® Straight Bourbon Whiskey, it takes 9 years to develop that big, full flavor.
But for Booker’s son, Knob Creek® Master Distiller Fred Noe, sometimes the key to great fishing was a little impatience. You see, when he was young, he and Booker used to fish in several different ponds on the property. One day, when Fred wasn’t having any luck, he moseyed on over to the hot water pond just next to him. He’d never thought to
This year, take your summer trip from beach to bourbon by visiting the birthplace of America’s Native Spirit: good ‘ol Kentucky. According to National Geographic Travel, Central Kentucky is bourbon country. The bluegrass byways and winding roads throughout make for the perfect summer road trip. And a drive along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® will provide a dream itinerary chock-full of bourbon distilleries just waiting to be toured and tasted.
The trail breezes through Louisville, Knob Creek, Bardstown, Clermont, Loretto and Georgetown, where the best of bourbon call home. You’ll want to spend some extra time in Clermont, home of 2015’s Best Bourbon, Knob Creek®, of course. There you can dump a barrel of Knob Creek® Bourbon or help it along the bottling line on the Jim Beam Distillery Tour. Who knows, you might even run into Master Distiller, Fred Noe. Ask him for a picture and he may just stick around and teach you how to do the Kentucky Chew.
And as far
In 1964, a congressional resolution designated bourbon whiskey as “a distinctive product of the United States,” meaning that no other country can produce a whiskey and call it bourbon.
This month, there’s no better way to celebrate America’s independence than with America’s own Native Spirit. Try our refreshing Dog Days cocktail, perfect for a hot, 4th of July barbecue:
DOG DAYS DRINK
1½ parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey
½ teaspoon absinthe
1¾ parts freshly squeezed lemon juice
1¾ parts simple syrup* (see below)
2 parts bottled ginger beer
1. In a mixing tin, add spirits, juice and syrup.
2. Fill tin with ice and shake vigorously for at least 6 seconds.
3. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with ginger beer.
4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.
*Simple Syrup Recipe
1. Combine equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is fully dissolved.
“Call me old fashioned but…”
“Why when I was your age…”
“…Boy they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore”
For many of us, stories and lessons from our fathers always started or ended with one of these phrases. And even though these words were usually met with an eye roll, we’d be lying if we said there wasn’t always a hint of truth in them.
Our dads reminisce about the good ‘ol days because well, they really were pretty damn good. Especially when it comes to bourbon. Knob Creek’s old man, Booker Noe, was frustrated that bourbon just didn’t taste the way it used to. He wanted to restore its pre-Prohibition standards, before they started rushing it, watering it down and adding all sorts of junk to it. Luckily, we didn’t roll our eyes. We embraced the big, full flavor of Knob Creek® and now recognize it as real bourbon, the way it was meant to be. Not to mention, if you knew Booker, you knew he wouldn’t take too kindly to you
“Yes Sir, Booker.” Is that how you answer a sixth-generation Master Distiller and the father of the modern small batch bourbon movement? It is when that man also happens to be your dad.
Growing up, Fred Noe, now seventh-generation Master Distiller himself, had a lot to learn. His father, Booker Noe, was a big man with an even bigger responsibility to teach his son not only about living a good life, but also about making damn great bourbon.
Fred recounts memories of his childhood in his book, Beam, Straight Up. He remembers when he was younger, Booker used to take him to the distillery and just let him explore. “Booker didn’t really make a point of teaching me anything at that time. For the most part, he just let me roam.”
Eventually the time for bourbon lessons came, and Fred began working at the distillery. But he sure didn’t start as Master Distiller. “I started on the bottling line. Clermont plant. Night shift. Relief supervisor. It wasn’t
As the saying goes, “If you love bourbon so much, why don’t you just marry it?” Listen, if we could, we would. One sip of that big, full flavor and we’re smitten. But since you can’t legally marry a bottle of bourbon (we checked), the next best thing is to bury it.
The Southern wedding tradition of “burying the bourbon” exists to ensure it won’t rain on a couple’s wedding day. Simply bury a bottle of bourbon at the ceremony site exactly one month before the wedding and you’ll have clear skies for your “I dos.” Just be sure the bottle is completely full and buried upside down.
Now the tradition doesn’t specify a brand, but we suggest the big, full flavor of Knob Creek. Just remember to mark the spot you buried it to avoid spending your wedding night digging instead of, well you know.