Four Roses Bourbon is what I sampled at the conference and it wasn't until Chris tried it yesterday that I realized it might be the quality of Four Roses that makes me like bourbon. I laughed when Chris said ʺOh, that's smooth. I thought I was a scotch guy but I guess I'm a bourbon man now.ʺ
This is a very simple cocktail that starts with large ice cubes (I used a Tovolo silicone tray). I also added a garnish of orange peel and maraschino cherries. If you're looking to avoid red dye, I recommend Tillen Farms brand. This was the first time I tried out my new martini picks and I really like them.
Next add 2 ounces of bourbon and 4 ounces of blood orange Italian soda. There were 3 Four Roses Bourbon options at the liquor store and I had to consult my Twitter photos to remind me which one I had liked best. I bought the soda at Whole Foods, but I've also purchased it from Trader Joe's and both are equally good in my opinion.
I'll be drinking one of these tonight while watching The Voice, which is my newest addiction. I watched it for the first time last week with my friend who was visiting and now I'm hooked.