5 Ways To Drink Bourbon

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 9, 2011

My first bourbon experience was at a dark bar in New Orleans, where I ordered “bourbon, on the rocks” because I thought it would make me sound cool. I took one sip and started retching, so the bartender put a sympathetic shot of cola in my glass. “Try it like this,” he said, and I did, and started coughing and retching again. “Maybe a little more…” he said, and we continued on like this until finally he just gave me a Coke on the rocks. My dreams of being cool died that day, but now that I’m older and wiser I’d like to try this whole bourbon thing again.

I asked my friends Patrick and Rachel, who run ThereWillBeBourbon.net, to compile a list of ways to enjoy this classic spirit. Whether you’re a seasoned sipper or a bourbon newbie like me, there’s sure to be a suggestion for you (the bourbon chocolate chip cookies sound like just my style). Read on for imbibing inspiration (recipes included!)…