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In 1964, Congress confirmed that bourbon whiskey is distinctly American, like Scotch whisky is distinctly from Scotland. Several years later on August 2, 2007, Senator Jim Bunning from Kentucky got the joy of seeing a resolution he sponsored get passed: Bourbon as "America's Native Spirit" and September declared National Bourbon Heritage Month.
Although federal regulations do not require bourbon to be made in Kentucky -- yes, 'tis true that it only has to be made in the United States -- most bourbon whiskey is produced in the Bluegrass State. The city of Bardstown, Kentucky, is hosting the Kentucky Bourbon Festival this week from September 14-19. Since 1991, the festival has been celebrating the history and art of distilling bourbon with barrel-making demonstrations, concerts, distillery tours, and classes on cooking and making cocktails with bourbon. Last year's festival attracted 55,000 people from 43 states and 13 countries.
Each year at the Bourbon Festival, Kentucky bartenders from regional restaurants, bars and distilleries compete for the honor of having their cocktail featured for the next year's festival. The following drink recipe is the winner of the official drink for this year's Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
Maker's Mark Peach Cobbler
2 oz. Maker's Mark
.5 oz Dubonnet Red
.25 oz sugar syrup
Half of a ripe peach
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Put all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake 10-12 times. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cinnamon sprinkled peach slice.