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Cheers to National Bourbon Day, June 14

To celebrate National Bourbon Day, Thursday (June 14) the folks at Maker's Mark Bourbon emailed this recipe. I must say that my experience with bourbon has left my lips numb and my head foggy. Two thumbs of bourbon and I can't remember the day's stresses! My husband says that's because bourbon is a real drink, as in a man's drink, as in much stronger than my favorite Cosmos and Bellinis. Won't he be surprised when I tell him a woman was instrumental in bourbon's evolution?

Maker’s Mark is the same spirit today as it was when it was introduced. This premium hand crafted (literally) bourbon with a soft and smooth flavor was approved by a woman! Marjorie Samuels helped shape the bourbon industry in the early 1950s. The red iconic hand-dipped wax was her idea and she also weighed in on the bottle's label and font and the brand name.

Fancy Bourbon Punch

1 liter Maker's Mark Bourbon

1 cup granulated sugar

Peels of 3 lemons and 1 orange

Juice of peeled fruit

1 liter of strong tea (preferably green tea)

250 ml champagne (club soda can be used for a less fancy version)

Freshly grated nutmeg

Combine sugar and citrus peels in the bottom of a punch bowl. Muddle together until sugar starts to clump together. Let sit for about 2 hours, (while not necessary, this does add a little complexity).

Brew the tea for about 30 minutes, remove loose tea or tea bags, and allow to cool.

Add the juice of the peeled fruit, tea, and bourbon. Stir.

Top with champagne just before serving and stir gently. Top with freshly grated nutmeg and serve.