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Learn about W.L. Weller Bourbon Whiskey

WL Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

W.L. Weller Bourbons are a new favorite here at Bottles. You might have seen this older post featuring the Special Reserve. Now, you can learn a little bit more about W.L Weller Special Reserve and Antique 107 with Liam, one of the managers at Bottles. Click to below to watch the video:

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How to Make a Boulevardier Cocktail

boulevardier cocktail recipe

A Boulevardier cocktail is a classic, Pre-Prohibition drink. With only 3 ingredients (bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth), a Boulevardier is easy to make at home, or even in larger batches to share with friends for fall time.

This cocktail with a goofy name is a variant on a Negroni, a classic cocktail made of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. In a Negroni, you are seeking balance in the components; bitter Campari tempered by sweet vermouth, with the gin adding punch and floral overtones to the whole.

With a Boulevardier, you replace the gin with bourbon, and raise the ratio of the bourbon a smidge. This results in a sweeter cocktail, and I find it helps to tame the bitterness of the Campari more so than just gin & sweet vermouth. It’s a brilliant drink to have before dinner, as the bitter-sweet flavor and slightly acerbic finish of the Campari will get your gland salivating and ready for dinner time.

boulevardier drink ingredients | Weller Bourbon |  Campari  |  Sweet Vermouth

To make a Boulevardier, try the following recipe:

* 1.5 oz Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
* 1 oz Campari
* 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
* Lemon Twist

Stir well over crushed ice & strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon.

As with any cocktail, the levels of Bourbon, vermouth, or Campari can be adjusted to make the finished drink more or less bitter or fruity, as suits your fancy. This is a great recipe to play around with, and something very easy (yet elegant) to put in front of guests.

Here the amounts to create a pitcher for guests. This will be about 6 to 8 servings.
For 1 Pitcher
* 1/4 bottle Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
* 1/4 bottle Campari
* 1/2 small bottle Sweet Vermouth
* Lemon Twist

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Amaretto Bourbon Punch

Amaretto Bourbon Punch Recipe

Learn how to make an Amaretto Bourbon Punch cocktail, perfect for the fall! This is a party sized punch that serves a group of 6-8 people. Visit our YouTube channel http://youtube.com/bottlesprovidence for more easy bourbon drink ideas for entertaining or for serving at home.

Amaretto Bourbon Punch
Serves 6-8

1 Liter bottle of club soda
1/2 bottle of W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
Juice of 4 fresh lemons
1/4 bottle of Amaretto

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Fill with ice and garnish with cherrie & lemon slice.

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Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

apple cider and ginger beer bourbon cocktail idea

We’re excited for fall cocktails! And you’ll love this crisp, bubbly, and refreshing Apple Cider Bourbon drink. Feel free to adjust the recipe to taste, and then be sure to enjoy on an autumn evening.

*1 oz bourbon
*2 oz sparkling apple cider
*2 oz ginger beer

Pour cider and bourbon over ice, add ginger beer. Stir, and garnish with apple slice.

Looking for a party-sized cocktail recipe? Try this:
1 Pitcher (6-8 servings)
1/2 bottle W.L. Weller Antique 107
1 1/2 cans ginger beer
1/2 bottle sparkling apple cider

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A Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Dinner with Julian Van Winkle III

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Whiskey

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons are the most sought-after products in any liquor store. Here at Bottles in Providence, Rhode Island, we receive daily requests for this hard to find bourbon, which speaks to its enormous appeal and superior quality. We were honored to host Julian Van Winkle III of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons for an in-store talk and signing, followed by a bourbon dinner at Farmstead later in the evening. 

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We offer the very limited amount of Pappy that we get to our very best, frequent and local customers. We feel the fairest and best way for us to sell this extremely sought after Bourbon is to reward the Bottles’ Loyal — those that support us year in and year out. However, we always carry the most complete selection of Bourbons that are available to us. If you would like a Pappy Alternative, please let us know, we’d be happy to help! – The Folks at Bottles www.bottlesfinewine.com

Julian Van Winkle III

Tickets sold out almost immediately out to this once-in-a-lifetime evening of spectacular bourbons and dining with Julian Van Winkle III.  Click the videos below to watch Julian’s talk at Bottles and the story of the day’s events.

Julian Van Winkle III talks about Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons at Bottles in Providence, Rhode Island, April 4th, 2013

A Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Event Talk, Signing & Dinner with Julian Van Winkle III

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The crowd gathering at Bottles for Julian Van Winkle III’s talk.


Raffling for the opportunity to purchase a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons.
Julian Van Winkle III
Julian signing bottles for the lucky folks!
Julian Van Winkle III
Julian also signed copies of his sister Sally’s book, “But Always Fine Bourbon,” which tells
the story of the Van Winkle family with rich photographs from their family photo album.
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Pappy Bourbon Dinner
Dinner at Farmstead
Cocktail Hour
Julian Van Winkle III and Chef Matt Jennings
Julian Van Winkle III and Chef Matt Jennings
Julian Van Winkle III, Chef Matt Jennings, and Bottles Owner Gil Maclean.
Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Tasting
Farmstead Providence
The dinner menu
Farmstead Providence Rhode Island
Julian Van Winkle III Pappy Bourbon Dinner
1970 Van Winkle Family Reserve

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Celebrate Derby Day with Mint Juleps and Woodford Reserve

Derby Day is this weekend! Even up here in Rhode Island, we’re ready for the festivities and celebrations for Kentucky Derby fans. Bottles was lucky enough to receive a few bottles limited edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Bourbon; stop by our store to get yours before they disappear! You can also visit our website to sign up for weekly email newsletters to hear about offers like these first.

Even if you missed getting your Woodford Derby bottles, you can still make some tasty mint juleps with Woodford Reserve and easy to make mint simple syrup. Follow this recipe by Woodford Reserve, below:


3oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
2 tablespoons mint syrup*
1 sprig of mint

Fill a glass with crushed ice. Add mint syrup, bourbon, and stir until the glass is frosted. Garnish with mint sprig.

*Mint Syrup Recipe
1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 13 springs of mint
Boil sugar and water in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Pour over mint sprigs. Gently crush mint with the back of a spoon. Chill for 8-10 hours, strain, and discard mint.


Small Batch Bourbon Collection Review & Guide

small batch bourbon jim beam

Love bourbon? Liam, a manager at Bottles in Providence, recommends a few of his favorite whiskies from Jim Beam’s Small Batch Bourbon Collection. You might recognize Knob Creek, but the collection also includes great bourbons such as Basil Hayden’s, Baker’s, and Booker’s. Watch the video to learn a bit more about each of them.

If you’re in the Providence, Rhode Island, stop by to learn more about each of the small batch bourbons featured on our in-store display.

knob creek kentucky straight bourbon whiskey

Did you know that we can etch bottles with a personal message or logo? See our blog post featuring real customer examples of custom engraved whiskey bottles. We think these make perfect gifts for friends, family, bridal parties (engrave a wine bottle or glass!), best man gifts, and groomsmen gifts.

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Dinner

Bottles Fine Wine and Farmstead are excited to present A Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Dinner with Julian Van Winkle III and Chef Matt Jennings. Sold Out!

Tickets sold out very fast for this evening of spectacular bourbons and dining with special guest Julian Van Winkle III.

Lucky attendees will be lead by Julian through a tasting of four Van Winkle expressions: the twelve, fifteen, twenty, and twenty-three year old bourbons. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, delectable treats and a chance to chat with Julian before sitting down to a four-course dinner and tasting. Julian and Matt will present each bourbon and course of the evening. We will also have a few additional surprises throughout the evening.

Julian Van Winkle III is a third generation producer of premium bourbon at Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. He is the winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional.
Matt Jennings of Farmstead is a two-time finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Northeast” award, has been named one of America’s “Most Sustainable Chefs” and was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Big thinkers, changing the way Americans eat.”
Visit our website for full details about this event.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Review & Guide

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Currently featured in-store is Buffalo Trace Bourbon, with many Bourbon brands from the famous Kentucky-based distillery. Watch the video to for Liam’s review and recommendations on different Buffalo Trace Bourbons and his favorite cocktail recipes.

One of the largest and best known Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky, Buffalo Trace has won Distillery of the Year and stands as the oldest distilling site in the U.S.  The distillery is also known for making:  Pappy Van Winkle, George T. Stagg, Thomas Handy Rye, E.H. Taylor, W.L. Weller, Sazarac Rye, Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, Elmer T Lee, Buffalo Trace and many more brands.

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Vanilla and citrus nose with perfect balance and complexity of corn, spice and rye flavors.  An unbeatable everyday Bourbon. 

Elmer T Lee Bourbon Whiskey

Elmer T Lee Butterscotch, clover and leather nose with a big rich body and flavors of fruits, honey and vanilla.  Long warm finish.  A wine lover’s Bourbon! 

Blanton's Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey

Blantons Vanilla and honey flavors amid the strong caramel with a bit of spice lurking in the background from the addition of rye.

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey Review

Eagle Rare 10 Year Aromas of coconut crème brulee, buttery nuts and brown spices with dry, yet fruity flavors layered with chocolate, figs and nuts.  Very long finish.

Buffalo Trace White Dog Bourbon Rye Whiskey

White Dogs Unaged expressions of the mash bills used to make some of Buffalo Trace’s best Bourbons and Ryes.  Use them to make unconventional cocktails like White Manhattans or age them yourself!

WL Weller Wheated Bourbon Whiskey Review

W.L. Weller A “Wheated” Bourbon, meaning the distiller replaced the typical rye with wheat in the mashbill.  Regarded as a best buy from several trade sources and the folks here at Bottles.  $16.99 Read More >>

Re-Animator: A Bourbon Cocktail Idea

Re-Animator Bourbon Cocktails Ideas

Bourbon cocktail recipe: The Re-Animator: We found this recipe in the NY Times just before last Thanksgiving, and it has quickly become a staff favorite here at Bottles. It’s dangerously simple to make, and the kind of drink that goes down very well after a big meal. All of these ingredients are available at Bottles, a fine wine, craft beer and spirits store in Rhode Island. Contact Us

Simply put, it can be made as follows:

Ingredient List
* 1 Pt. Rye or Bourbon
* 1 Pt. Amaro
* Lemon or Orange Garnish

Stir well over ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with a twist. Or serve on the rocks.

bourbon whiskey cocktail recipe ingredients

Amaro is a bitter-sweet Italian herbal liqueur, designed as an after-dinner digestif. It tends to be a little thick, with amazing aromas of anise, citrus, & root beer. When blended with whiskey, the two parts add up to something much greater than the whole, with a swirling interplay of vanilla, citrus, licorice, cherry, chocolate & nutty flavors. I like to make mine with an orange twist, and sometimes a dash of orange bitters to highlight those citrus flavors.

A Re-Animator is also very versatile, as you can easily raise or lower the amount of Bourbon or Amaro to suit your taste, and always end up with a world-class, painfully easy to make cocktail.

Try our other Bourbon Cocktails:
Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe

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