I'm not gonna lie. One of my favorite free things to get is booze. (PR people take heed.) This week, the fine folks at Wild Turkey sent me some of their 101-proof Bourbon Whiskey. I usually buy Knob Creek or Maker's Mark so it was good to try something new and even better that I actually liked it. I know that not everyone likes bourbon, but I do. It reminds of parties that my grandma used to throw. Just the smell takes me back to when I was 6-years-old. I used to walk around the party smelling people's drinks. Never drinking, just drawing in the sweet, oaky smell. Tonight I used it to make a Dry Manhattan and it was...perfection.
I put 1 - 3/4 ounces Wild Turkey 101 with 3/4 ounce of Dry Vermouth and 2 dashes of Agnostura Bitters into a shaker filled with ice. I shook it for about 10 seconds then strained it into a chilled martini glass and garnished with a lemon twist. Two sips in and I had forgotten all about what a rough day it was. Making dinner was a joy. My kids were angels.
What I liked about it: It has a smooth flavor that is just fine for an all-purpose Bourbon Whiskey.
What I didn't: Nothing. One drinkie poo had Mamma feeling very happy. And that's a very good thing.
Cost to you: about $25 per 740 m bottle
Cost to me: Free