People love to complain about the stupid decisions politicians make sometimes, but we have to salute them for quite possibly the smartest thing they’ve ever done: declaring September as “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” Back in 2007, Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning’s bill passed by unanimous consent and it is meant to be a reinforcement of the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit.” Bourbon has a rich heritage and legacy in America and we’re glad the U.S. Senate realized we need an entire month to celebrate it.

So, how should you celebrate? You can always drink the bourbon straight, but if you’d rather mix up a cocktail, try one of these options:

Cherry Ginger Bourbon Cocktail

Bourbon cocktails

This is so easy, and it’s delicious. We are big fans of Jim Beam’s Red Stag, so we were psyched to see it being used in this cherry ginger bourbon cocktail.

  • Grab a short glass and add some ice
  • Pour one shot of Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon over the ice
  • Fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer
  • Add a slice of fresh lime and two maraschino cherries
Add the juice of one lemon and 2 pears (peeled, pitted, and chopped). Turn the heat to low and cook until the fruit is really soft (about 8-10 min.) Stir in 1/4 c. bourbon and 1/8 tsp. peppermint extract. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Cover and cool completely. Fill four glasses with ice, add about 1/4 lemon-lime soda to each glass and then evenly pour the pear-bourbon mix to fill the glasses. Add 7 or 8 of the half moon slices and 5 of the seeds to a cocktail shaker. Add 1/2 oz. grade A maple syrup and muddle 20 times. Cut a lemon in half and cut a couple of thin slices and set them aside. Cut the other half in half again and take a quarter of the lemon and squeeze the juice into the cocktail shaker. Add 2 oz. bourbon to the cocktail shaker and add about four ice cubes. Stir about eight times. Strain the drink into a chilled glass, but don’t let any seeds get in. Garnish with the three long jalapeno slices and a lemon slice. Add some ice.

Cheers to bourbon, “America’s native spirit” and what we’ll be drinking through September.

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