Besides burgers and beer, 5 Napkin Burger is big on Bourbon too. They have lots of varieties, but they recently had a special luncheon that focused on Four Roses Bourbon. Attendees got to meet some of the Four Roses staff and learn about the process of making Four Roses and its history.
The Legend of Four Roses:
“It began when Paul Jones, Jr., the founder of Four Roses Bourbon, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes,” she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball. Paul Jones waited for her answer excitedly on that night of the grand ball…when she arrived in her beautiful gown, she wore a corsage of four red roses. He later named his Bourbon “Four Roses” as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle, a passion he thereafter transferred to making his beloved Four Roses Bourbon.” – FourRoses.us
The 5 Napkin staff really took care of us. Along with our Bourbon samples, we were treated to a variety of delicious appetizers along with our choice of burger.
We sampled three different kinds of Bourbon:
The Single Barrel – Contains hints of ripe plum and cherry tastes with fruity, spicy aromas including maple syrup and cocoa.
Four Roses Small Batch – rich, spicy flavors along with sweet, fruity aromas and hints of sweet oak and caramel. This one was my favorite with the sweetness and caramel really coming through.
Four Roses Yellow Hints of pear and apple compliment floral aromas and mix with a taste of honey and spice. We also were lucky enough to try a new Bourbon. It was strong but quite smooth.
And of course, we couldn’t leave without having Bourbon Pecan pie, could we? Actually, I thought the pie went very well with that bourbon. I may have found a new drink to accompany my desserts. Well, pecan pie, anyways.
50ml Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
1 cube of sugar (or a splash of simple syrup)
2 dashes bitters
2-3 ice cubes
Twist of lemon
The classic Old Fashioned, originally created in Louisville, KY, not far from the home of Four Roses, in the 1880s by a bartender at the Pendennis Club.
In an Old Fashioned Glass, place a sugar cube or use simple syrup as a substitute. Add bitters and just enough water to help dissolve the sugar. Crush or muddle the sugar in the glass and coat the bottom of the glass. Add 2-3 ice cubes and Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. Garnish with a twist, or if you’d like, a slice of orange and a cherry.