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National Bourbon Heritage month is finally here and there are so many things we can do to celebrate and acknowledge this special holiday month while recognizing America’s “Native Spirit!”

On August 2, 2007, the US Senate declared September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” The resolution calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to do so responsibly and in moderation and the bill also reinforces the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit” by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States. Take a look at a few ideas for getting into the spirit of the celebrated month and also enjoy the cocktail recipes below!

Eat Your Way through the KY Bourbon Trail

Maker’s Mark Distillery opened its very own fast-casual restaurant, Star Hill Provisions. Run by locally renowned chef-in-residence, Newman Miller, Star Hill Provisions offers true farm-to-table dishes with locally sourced ingredients and seasonally rotating cocktails (for the first time in the distillery’s history!) to give visitors a true taste of Kentucky.

Check out the Art, Stay for the Bourbon

Earlier this summer, we unveiled a temporary, site-specific exhibition by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, titled Chihuly at Maker’s, inspired by the historic campus landscape and architecture. The captivating exhibition is comprised of six large-scale installations (plus The Spirit of the Maker, the distillery’s permanent Chihuly artwork) embedded throughout the lush grounds at Maker’s Mark. Chihuly at Maker’s is one of several site-specific installations from Chihuly that have been featured at high-profile locations around the country, including recent exhibits at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the New York Botanical Garden and the Catalina Island Museum in Avalon, California.

Best Road Trips to Enjoy Fall Foliage

The famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail has several renowned distilleries and is just about a one hour drive from Louisville. One of those distilleries is Maker’s Mark, known to be one of the most visually pleasing and culturally enduring home places along the trail.

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Maker’s 46® Manhattan

2 parts Maker’s 46®

1/2 part sweet vermouth

1-2 dashes Angostura bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the cherry.

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Blood Orange Old Fashioned

2 parts of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

½ part of simple syrup

Bar spoon of Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters

Dash of angostura bitters

Orange peel

Muddle orange peel and bourbon in old fashioned glass. Add sugar, ice and bitters. Stir & Enjoy

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Maker’s Mule

1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

Cold ginger beer

Lime for garnish

In tall glass, add cubed ice. Pour in Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, add splash of lime juice and fill to top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime