Bourbon Tasting Party
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Bourbon Tasting Party. Y’all, I am Southern born and bred, and I am a good Irish girl that enjoys a little sip of bourbon from time to time! I recently celebrated a milestone birthday, and I invited friends over for an open house style celebration. Of course I set up the backyard party space with a limited bar for my friends and family. I was SHOCKED to hear how many of my friends had never even *tried* bourbon. I am so serious! After the party I decided to invite a few friends over to sip some bourbon, and drink it mixed with a few beverages.
We keep a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon at the house all the time, and I really love it! It’s great for sipping, mixing, and even cooking and baking. But, I wanted to see if that was the flavor profile that best suited my tastes, you know without buying a bunch of $40 bottles of bourbon….So, I checked out the Whiskey5.com site, I selected the flavors I typically lean toward; smooth, Spicy, Bold, Sweet, and Smoky. Next, I clicked get results and allowed the website to choose the brand and style that fit within my tastes best. My selection was Bold, so, I went to the store and purchased Bulleit 10 year Bourbon. The aging produced a deep flavor full of oak, and a charred smokiness. I could almost smell it as I sipped my glass. If you prefer a more sweet bourbon, the Bulleit Bourbon is amazing as well. Once I had the bourbon, I called my girlfriends and invited them over for some girl talk and bourbon tasting.
Before the girls arrived, I mixed up some peach syrup and made some good old fashioned Southern sun tea. I kept the pitcher of sun tea in the refrigerator, and placed the Bulleit 10 year and Bulleit Bourbon on a tray. I made some cute wooden tags to attach to the bottles to note sweet or bold. I pre-filled mason jars with ice, and sliced up several fresh peaches. Finally, I poured the peach syrup into a bottle, and washed some fresh mint. I was ready for the girls!
When the girls arrived, we chatted and snacked on light foods, and I poured everyone a shot of their preferred bourbon, over ice, and encouraged them to sip and taste the flavor. Once they sipped the bourbons, everyone mixed their Southern Cocktails. Fill a glass with ice, and add tea. Add peach syrup to taste, add an ounce and a half of Bulleit 10 year or Bulleit Bourbon. Garnish with fresh mint and sliced peaches. Ideally, this is sipped on a warm summer day on a wrap around porch in the South…however, you could sip it from the comfort of the ac, in the suburbs with your favorite people!
- Peach Syrup
- 1 Peach; sliced and peeled
- 1.5 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 TBS Vanilla Extract
- Bourbon Peach Tea Southern Cocktail
- 6oz Iced Tea
- 2oz Peach Syrup (plus or minus to taste)
- 1.5 oz Bulleit 10 year Bourbon
- Fresh Peaches
- Fresh Mint
- Peel and slice peach into thin slices. Add to sauce pot with sugar and water and bring to boil. Allow to boil for 3 minutes over medium heat, and cool to room temp. and add vanilla extract. Blend in blender, bottle and refrigerate.
- Mix tea, bourbon, peach syrup in glass over ice. Garnish with peaches and fresh mint.
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