Christmas Cider

This spiced bourbon will be your first choice to offer on a cold holiday evening to close friends and family drop-ins.  It should produce eight to ten servings.  Combine four cups of apple cider, the peel of half an orange, the peel of a lemon, a cinnamon stick, four cloves, and three all-spice berries in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Simmer for about three minutes and let cool.  Strain, and add two cups of good bourbon and put in a coffee pot on warm.  You may garnish with a lemon twist or a dusting of nutmeg.  Enjoy!


Mint Julep Sweet Tea

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In the South we drink iced tea year-round, and due to mild winters, we find that the mint patch by the water hydrant is flourishing until mid-January, most years.  Thus, we present a delightful pitcher-take on mint juleps that will be particularly attractive to bourbon drinkers  whether it is Derby Week or New Year’s.

  • 12 mint leaves, crushed
  • 1 lemon, sliced thinly
  • 1 lime, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup of good bourbon
  • 3 cups of sweet tea
  • A brief verbal homage to General Robert E. Lee

Pour over crushed ice in a pitcher that can accept two quarts of liquid and enloy.

Charleston’s St. Cecilia Punch

MSGI-charleston-savannah-multisport-12This lethal punch is served often during Charleston’s winter social season and goes back to the gatherings of a musical society in that very old and sophisticated city. Collect your guests’ car keys and make up the spare bedrooms if you intend on serving in quantity.

1 pint of brandy

1 orange and two lemons, thinly sliced

2 cups of demerara sugar

6 tea bags

1 pint of rum

3 bottles of champagne, chilled

2 liters of club soda, chilled

2 cups of pineapple juice, chilled

Marinate the fruit slices overnight in the brandy. Dissolve the sugar by heating in two cups of boiling water. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for ten to fifteen minutes and remove bags. Let cool thoroughly and combine all ingredients in a large silver punch bowl or…chamber pot, if you have no punch bowl. Add a large block of ice in order to minimize dilution of the spirits.

Pitcher Old Fashioneds

We have provided several recipes for party-size mixed drinks to save time and provide our dear, gentle readers with an opportunity to truly enjoy their guests instead of chipping away at ice and slinging cocktails to the four winds. Here is a great old fashion recipe to serve by the pitcher.

1 fifth of good bourbon

1 ounce of sugar

6 teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice

6 drops of bitters

Orange slices with peel

Lemon slices with peel


Push and twist two orange and lemon peels into the bourbon for at least one night prior to serving. Add sugar, cherry juice, and bitters to the bourbon and pour into a covered pitcher. Place one lemon slice and one orange slice in the bottom of each glass and top with ice before pouring each drink.

Whiskey Sour Pitchers

Party pitchers of cocktails are some of our most popular recipes. Whether it be martinis, old fashions, margaritas…they offer you the chance to simplify bartending and catch up with your guests and family, which is what a party is all about, really. You will be pleased with this take on Whiskey Sours. Cheers!

64 ounces of good bourbon

36 ounces of frozen lemonade concentrate

24 ounces of water

18 ounces of unsweetened lemon juice

18 ounces of frozen orange juice concentrate

Combine all ingredients and let them spend the night together. Next day, chill and pour into pitchers to serve over ice. This makes approximately 25 six-ounce servings.

Egg Nog for One or Merry More

You know, you don’t have to restrict egg nog to the few weeks associated with the Christmas season. Here is a simple but delicious recipe that makes it easy to serve year-round for a winter afternoon after skiing or before a sunday brunch. The ingredients are for one serving and may be multiplied for the crowd. Consider making a milk punch with your favorite cordial or a strong Irish whisky.

1 cup of whole milk

1 large egg

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 jigger of bourbon

Blend all ingredients for half a minute and sprinkle with nutmeg if desired.

Fresh and Fragrant Whiskey Sours


Of course you can always buy a sour mix in a

pinch, and not all of us are able to stock fresh

citrus year round, but I recently found myself

with an ample supply of oranges, lemons, and

limes and rediscovered the joy of a homemade

Whisky Sour, once again. Your guests will

appreciate your thoughtfulness as well.


1/3 cup of sugar

½ cup of fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup of fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons of fresh orange juice


Mix with an equal amount of bourbon

over ample ice.