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Posted at 2:17 PM ET, 09/11/2009

Raise a Glass for Bourbon

By Fritz Hahn

We're gearing up for Oktoberfest celebrations in coming weeks -- the party in Munich begins Sept. 19 -- but this is also a big month for one of our favorite American spirits. Back in 2007, the U.S. Senate declared September to be National Bourbon Heritage Month, and our national spirit -- yep, also named by an act of Congress -- can be celebrated all month long.

At Bourbon, mixologist Owen Thomson has come up with a special menu that features a rotating "Bourbon of the Week" for $5 (right now, it's Sam Houston, and changes to the lovely Evan Williams Vintage on the 15th). There are also four bourbon-based cocktails, ranging from a straight-up Manhattan with an aged Old Fitzgerald ($8) to a bourbon and ginger ($6) that pairs Old Forester with Thomson's spicy house-made ginger ale. Personally, I'd lean towards the simple old fashioned ($6), which uses the smooth, fruity Jefferson, simple syrup, bitters and a hint of lemon zest -- perfect for bringing out the natural taste of the bourbon.

Over at Old Glory, which has an impressive bourbon selection of its own, they're celebrating on Sept. 23 with a four-course "Sip 'N' Smoke" dinner with small-batch bourbon flights and cigar pairings. Tickets are $45 from

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 11, 2009; 2:17 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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