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The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book

by Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler photographs by Pam Spaulding

Availablecloth$16.95 978-0-8131-9246-8
144 pages  Pubdate: 10/27/2009  6 x 6 x .5625   34 illus

Interest in bourbon, America’s native spirit and a beverage almost exclusively distilled in Kentucky, has never been greater. Thanks in part to the general popularity of cocktails and the marketing efforts of the bourbon industry, there are more brands of bourbon and more bourbon drinkers than ever before. In The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler provide a reader-friendly handbook featuring more than 100 recipes including seasonal drinks, after-dinner bourbon cocktails, Derby cocktails, and even medicinal toddies. The book’s introduction explains how the use of specific spirits and ingredients, glassware, and special techniques, such as muddling and infusions, accentuates the unique flavor of bourbon. Much of the book is devoted to recipes and instructions for the professional or at-home bartender, from classic drinks such as the Manhattan and the Mint Julep to drinks for special occasions, including the Candy Cane, Pumpkin Eggnog, and Kentucky Bourbon Sparkler. The authors complete the work with suggested appetizer pairings, a glossary of terms, and a bibliography of bourbon-related books.

Joy Perrine has been the bar manager at Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge in Louisville since 1985, was named “Best Bartender in Louisville” by Louisville Magazine, and has won numerous awards for her cocktails.

Susan Reigler is an award-winning former restaurant critic and drinks writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Her articles about bourbon have been published in Malt Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. She is author of the Compass American Guide to Kentucky, Adventures in Dining: Kentucky Bourbon Country, and The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks.

I am delighted that the authors have stopped testing all those classic and creative concoctions long enough to share them with their soon-to-be appreciative audience. Cheers! -- Colonel Joe Nickell, author of The Kentucky Mint Julep

A must for anyone who likes bourbon. Perrine and Reigler have crafted a gem for cocktail lovers and bourbon lovers alike. -- Albert Schmid, author of The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook

If the tulip poplar is Kentucky’s official state tree, bourbon whiskey is its state liquid. -- Richard Taylor, former poet laureate of Kentucky

The 'Joy of Cooking' for America's native spirit. -- Adam Seger, Restaurateur, Mixologist, Entrepreneur, Nacional 27 and hum Spirits

It’s always great to see a real bartender getting his or her thoughts and recipes into print. The world needs more books like this one. -- Gary Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology

The information here has more than enough detail to assist in planning an outing for the day or a weekend getaway. From the pictures to the narratives, Kentuckians may be more tempted than ever to never leave the state. -- Andrew McMichael -- Bowling Green Daily News

Consider The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book an essential addition to the literature of commonwealth entertaining and to the recipe collections of well-appointed in-home bistros and cosmopolitan cafes. -- Linda Elisabeth Beattie -- Louisville Courier-Journal

This is a very good book for any bourbon lover’s bar library. -- Mike Veach --

Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler have experimented with Kentucky bourbons to create a variety of cocktails. . . . Their collection features unique concoctions for casual dinners or upscale holiday events. -- Sharon Thompson -- Lexington Herald-Leader

Whether you want to channel your inner Don Draper or develop your own bourbon infusions, this book is a wonderful reference. -- Bloomsbury Review

Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler showcase the world of bourbon in a reader-friendly format, highlighting techniques, ingredients, food selection, and glassware for the professional or home bartender. . . . Everyone, from the bourbon connoisseur to the amateur enthusiast, can appreciate this how-to guide, which embraces the rich heritage and sophistication of a true Kentucky classic. -- Kentucky Post

As with food, bon appétit. At the very least, bottoms up. -- John L. Hoh Jr. --

The tome offers a fresh perspective on an old-age tradition. --

"The bold taste of bourbon can now be enjoyed by newcomers looking to experiment with the rich flavors of this uniquely American beverage." --Novus Vinum

"From cover to cover, this tiny cocktail recipe book offers expanded uses and flavors to an old Kentucky tradition." --Fine Lines

"Few know Bourbon cocktails as well as Joy Perrine." -- Cheers Magazine

"This petite book is filled with all of the bourbon recipes you will likely ever need and goes far beyond the Old-fashioned and Manhattan." --