The fourth of July would have been just another day if 236 years ago Americans didn’t declare their independence and turned it into the most commemorative, patriotic holiday in the United States. We at Rometti Limoncello like traditions, so in preparation for a day of celebration with family and friends, we decided to put into our picnic basket a drink that speaks well to American traditions, the Bourbon Smash.
The main ingredient in the Bourbon Smash‘s is well…Bourbon whiskey, produced since the 18th century in what is now known as Bourbon County in Kentucky. Bardstown, Kentucky is where 97% of bourbon is made, and each September they host a Bourbon Festival.
Bourbon County was founded by the American pioneers in 1785 and named after the French royal family of the Bourbons. The Ohio River port was the port from which whiskey and spirits were shipped in barrels marked “Old Bourbon”. Bourbon whiskey, was first made of corn and aged in charred-oak barrels, this process became the common name for all the corn-based whiskey.
Bourbon Smash with its reddish tones is quite refreshing and a little bittersweet, which makes this a great drink to both savor the American whiskey and to cheer American Independence day.
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
1 2/3 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash Angostura® bitters
2 1/3 oz cranberry juice
1 slice lime
5 – 7 raspberries
1/2 tsp sugar
Place at the bottom of the glass a diced lime with raspberries. Add sugar and bitters, muddle well. Add bourbon and ice, then top with cranberry juice. Garnish with raspberries and serve in an old-fashioned glass with a lime twist or a mint leaf.
ENJOY! and Happy Fourth of July!~
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