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Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Litchfield Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon lovers are going to love the award-winning Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey handcrafted in small batches in Litchfield, Connecticut where their motto is "The Spirit of Hard Work" and the result is pure excellence. Made from a delectable blend of locally grown corn, rye, and barley, Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey celebrates the best of Connecticut. Known for their exceptional bourbons, in addition to their Straight Bourbon, Litchfield Distillery also handcrafts a Maple Bourbon, a Vanilla Bourbon, and a Port Cask Finish Bourbon, all of which are very tasty. 

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon WhiskeyProduct Information: Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from a delectable blend of locally grown corn, rye, and barley. This multi-award-winning bourbon is traditionally aged in #4 Charred Barrels. It is 46% alcohol by volume (92 proof), and each bottle proudly bears its handwritten bottle and batch numbers on the front of the bottle. Our bottle number was 191, signed JC, Batch 16. Litchfield Distillery Bourbon retails for $49.95 for a 750 ml bottle. Litchfield Distillery Bourbon is presented in a beautifully designed tall bottle with a label proudly bearing their logo of a batcher rolling a barrel and a red wax covered stopper. 

Bottle notes"One day we looked around at our beautiful rolling hills and said, "Boy, wish we could bottle this."  So we did. We take the best our local farmers have to offer and craft fine spirits, one batch at a time. They do the growing. We do the batching. And you get a share in this luscious little section of Connecticut called Litchfield County." 

Tasting Notes: The color is a rich, burnished amber color. The nose has light sweet notes of honey, vanilla, butterscotch, and cocoa. On the palate, it has slight pepper notes, a rich mouthfeel with balanced flavors and a lusciously long finish.  

This bourbon is an outstanding sipping bourbon that is very nice with a little water to open up its notes or used in cocktail or culinary recipes. 

Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating some incredibly special handcrafted cocktail and culinary recipes to tempt your palate and inspire your own creations using Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon. 

Luxury Experience - Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Cocktail
and Culinary Menu
 

 

The Cocktail Menu
Luxury Experience - B4 & After
Luxury Experience - Drink A Peach 
The Culinary Menu
Luxury Experience - Bourbon Cream, Peaches,
and Blueberry Parfait
Luxury Experience - LDB Bourbon Balls

 

Cocktail Recipes

Luxury Experience - B4 & After - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience - B4 & After is a play on the 4 B ingredients used - Litchfield Distillery Bourbon, Benedictine, Beef Bouillon and Bacon! We infused the bourbon with cooked bacon, then removed the bacon and re-baked it in the oven to dry it out. We then coated half of the bacon with maple syrup and baked it to candy the bacon. The plain bacon was finely ground in a small grinder. We half rimmed the rocks glass with maple syrup then dipped the rim into the ground bacon. We finished this very tasty cocktail by balancing candied bacon on the rim. Now you know the story behind the name of the cocktail, Luxury Experience - B4 & After.  

Luxury Experience - B4 & After
Yield: 2 Cocktails
Glass Used: Rocks Glass 

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

3.50

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon (infused with bacon, see recipe below)

0.50

Ounce

Benedictine

4

Ounces

Beef Bouillon (see recipe below)

 

 

Candied Bacon, garnish

 

 

Maple Syrup and Dried Bacon, rim

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon Infused with Bacon:

 

4

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon

2

Slices

Bacon

Method for the Infused Bourbon: Cook bacon between paper towels in microwave until bacon is crisp. Remove from microwave and pat dry with new paper towel. Add bacon to a glass jar, add the Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon, cover and refrigerate for several days.  

Leaving nothing to waste, remove the bacon from the infused bourbon. Place the bacon on a parchment covered baking sheet. Place in a 250-degree Fahrenheit (121-degrees Celsius) oven. Bake until bacon is very dry. Remove baking sheet from oven. Remove half of the bacon and let cool on baking sheet. 

Brush remaining bacon with maple syrup on both sides and return to baking sheet to the oven to candy the bacon. Bake until bacon is dry and glazed. Remove from oven and let cool.  

Beef Bouillon:
 

1.50

Cups

Water

1

Cube

Beef Bouillon

Method for the Beef Bouillon: Bring water to a boil, add the beef bouillon cube, and let dissolve. Let cool, then refrigerate until ready to use. 

Method for the Maple Syrup and Bacon Rim: Pulverize the bacon in a small chopper. Half rim a rocks glass with maple syrup (Litchfield Distillery produces a Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup), then dip in the pulverized bacon. Set aside and create the cocktail. 

Method for the Cocktail: In a mixing glass, add the bacon infused Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon, Benedictine, and beef bouillon and stir well to combine. Fill your maple syrup and bacon half-rimmed rocks glass with ice, pour cocktail over ice. Garnish with 2 small pieces of the glazed bacon. 

Luxury Experience - Drink a Peach - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Drink A Peach 

Luxury Experience - Drink A Peach is our homage to the Allman Brothers Band and their iconic Eat A Peach album. This cocktail features a fresh peach muddled with sugar and fresh mint, combined with Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon, Grand Marnier Cognac, and fresh lime juice. The result is the fresh taste of summer. Keeping with our shop local focus, we used locally grown Connecticut peaches from Plasko's Farm at the Greenwich Farmers Market 

Luxury Experience - Drink A Peach
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass 

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

1.50

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon

0.50

Ounce

Grand Marnier Cognac

0.25

Ounce

Fresh Lime Juice

2

Teaspoons

Fresh Peach, small diced

1

Teaspoon

Sugar

1

Sprig

Fresh Mint

 

 

Mint, Peach Slice for garnish

 

 

 

Methos for the Cocktail: In a large mixing glass, muddle the fresh peach with sugar and mint. Add the Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon, Grand Marnier Cognac, fresh lime juice, and 4 ice cubes. Shake hard in it a cocktail shaker until ice melts. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh peach and a sprig of mint.  

Culinary Recipes

Luxury Experience - Bourbon Cream, Peaches, Blueberry Parfait - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Bourbon Cream, Peaches, and Blueberry Parfait is an easy to make dessert that can be made ahead and will wow your guests with layers of flavors. Pick up the best your local farmers market has to offer or pick your own peaches and blueberries. 

Luxury Experience - Bourbon Cream, Peaches, and Blueberry Parfait 
Servings: 4
Glass: Footed or Stemmed Glasses or Bowls 

Bourbon Pastry Cream Ingredients:
 

1.50

Cups

Whole Milk

0.50

Cup

Half & Half (or light cream)

2

 

Egg Yolks

0.50

Cup

Sugar

0.25

Cup

Cornstarch

4

Dashes

Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

1

Ounce

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon

1

Pinch

Salt

1

Ounce

Litchfield Distillery Bourbon

Method for the Bourbon Pastry Cream: Add the egg yolks and sugar to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the cornstarch and blend until smooth to create a "slurry." Scald the milk and Half & Half in a medium saucepan. With the food processor running, add 1 large spoon of the hot milk to the slurry. This step is to temper the egg yolks so that they do not curdle. Add another spoon, blend, and continue to slowly add the rest of the scalded milk to the slurry. 

Pour the hot milk and slurry back into the saucepan and cook 2 more minutes or until the cream thickens. Remove the pastry cream from the saucepan and cool it in a large bowl. Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Can be made a day ahead.  

Luxury Experience - Bourbon Cream and Spirited Peach and Blueberry Parfait Ingredients:

 

 

 

Bourbon Pastry Cream

1

Large

Peach, ripe, diced

1

Teaspoon

Butter

1

Teaspoon

Brown Sugar

0.5

Ounce

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon

1

Cup

Blueberries, fresh

1

 

Granola Bar, pulverized

1

Cup

Glazed Pecans, chopped (see recipe)

4

 

Edible Flowers to Garnish, if desired

Method for the Peaches: Small dice a large, ripe peach. Heat a sauté pan, add 1 teaspoon butter, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and sauté peaches until almost tender. Carefully add the bourbon and flambe or simply let it cook without flambéing. Note: Use care when flambéing. Do not use a backdraft on the stove or have a fan on. Let peaches cool.  

Method for the Glazed Pecans:
 

1

Cup

Toasted Pecans, chopped

2

Tablespoons

Sugar

2

Tablespoons

Water

Method: Heat a sauté pan, add the pecans, sugar, and water, and stir to coat the pecans. Sauté until pecans are dry and coated with the sugar glaze. Remove from the pan and let cool on parchment paper. 

Presentation: Spoon or pipe the bourbon pastry cream into the bottom of each glass, add a spoon of peaches, glazed pecans, another layer of the bourbon pastry cream, a spoon of blueberries and crushed granola. Repeat. Finish with the bourbon pastry cream, glazed pecans, and garnish with an edible flower or fresh mint if desired. 

Note: If you do not have a pastry bag, you can use a Ziplock plastic bag. Simply add the pastry cream to the plastic bag, press the pastry cream to the corner of the bag, and zip. Use a scissor to cut a small tip off the bag, then pipe the pastry cream into the glasses or bowls. 

Luxury Experience - LDB 2 Was - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience - LDB Bourbon Balls Two Ways is another easy to make, easy to love dessert that must be made 3 - 7 days ahead of serving. Raisins infused with Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon help give this "candy" its exotic richness. Finish half of the balls in crushed peanuts and half in high-quality 70% dark chocolate. These will be a hit at any party or celebration. 

Luxury Experience - LDB Bourbon Balls
Yield: Approximately 50 

LDB Bourbon Ball Ingredients:

 

2

Cups

Vanilla Wafers, finely crushed (1 box)

0.50

Cup

Walnuts, chopped

0.50

Cup

Peanuts

0.25

Cup

Raisins

1

Ounce

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon

0.24

Cup

Instant Coffee

2

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon

1

Tablespoon

Water

3

Tablespoons

Light Corn Syrup

1

Cup

Confectionary Sugar

1

Pinch

Salt

 

 

Crushed Peanuts

 

 

Cacao Market by MarieBelle, 70% Dark Chocolate Honduran Cacao

Method for the Infused Raisins: In a glass jar, add the raisins and 1 ounce of the Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon. Cover jar and let sit for a few days so raisins can soak up the bourbon then follow the method below to make the balls.  

Method for the LDB Bourbon Balls: Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until you create a smooth dough. Use the small end of a melon baller, lightly spray the tool with vegetable oil so the dough does not stick. Scoop out balls, roll into balls if needed. (You can also use a teaspoon and then roll the dough into balls.) 

Once all the dough is rolled into balls, roll half of them in crushed peanuts. 

Roll the remaining balls in some confectionary sugar. Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl in the microwave (use care to not burn the chocolate). Coat the balls in dark chocolate and let dry on parchment paper. Store the LDB Bourbon Balls in a covered container until ready to serve. For best results, let the balls rest for a few days. 

We hope that you enjoy trying Luxury Experience's cocktail and culinary recipes, and that they inspire you to create your own recipes. Cheers!  

Background Information on "The Batchers of Litchfield Distillery" - David, Jack, and Peter Baker 

The Bakers - David, Jack and Peter Baker - Litchfield Distillery, CT, USA
The Bakers
David, Jack, Peter

The Bakers - David, Jack, and Peter, grew up in Connecticut in the water bottling business, bringing Crystal Rock water to discerning consumers for three generations. With their dedicated family-business focus they launched Litchfield Distillery in the heart of the northwest of Connecticut's beautiful farm country, where they craft their exceptional line of bourbons, vodka, and gin in small batches from the best of locally sourced ingredients from the area's farms. Litchfield Distillery - The Spirit of Hard Work 

Litchfield Distillery Exceptional Product Line includes: Bourbons, Rye, Vodkas, and Gin. 

Read about other Litchfield Distillery products with more great Luxury Experience's Culinary and Cocktail Recipes in the Liquor Cabinet section. 

For more information on Litchfield Distillery Straight Bourbon, purchasing their products, or visiting them in Litchfield, Connecticut, please call them at +1-860-361-6503 or visit their website: www.LitchfieldDistillery.com

Litchfield Distillery - Litchfield, CT, USA

Litchfield Distillery
569 Bantam Road
Litchfield, Connecticut 06759
United States
Telephone: +1-860-361-6503
Website: www.LitchfieldDistillery.com
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