December 6, 2015
A few weeks ago my mom and I spent a Saturday going bourbon tasting (my Dad was the designated driver) just outside of Madison in the village of Dane, WI at J. Henry & Sons and Wollersheim Winery & Distillery in Prairie du Sac, WI. It was there that I started to acquire a taste for this fine bourbon whiskey and thought a bourbon | cigar bar would be a great idea for any bride or groom bourbon lover to offer to their wedding guests.
Liz Henry of J. Henry & Sons educated us on what bourbon really was and how it is produced. Bourbon consists of at least 51% corn and also rye, wheat or malted barley and then mixed with water. It is then distilled to between 65% and 80% alcohol and ages from 4-9 years in new charred oak barrels. If any other ingredient is added or barrels are recycled, it isn't bourbon!
When we left, my mom purchased a bottle of J. Henry & Sons and even got so lucky to have it autographed by Joe Henry himself!
You can create just a bourbon bar with Maker's Mark, Bulleit, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden's just to name a few or add a cigar bar to it. Here are a few ideas...
If you are a scotch drinker, you can always substitute and make it a scotch and cigar bar.
Via Garden & Gun
You can use two oak barrels to help create this bar by placing a piece of wood over the top. You can pour the bourbon into decanters or leave in bottles, set out cocktail glassware, add a few buckets of ice with an ice scoop and you have yourself a classy bourbon bar! You could also pour grain into clear vases, add a mix of wooden crates and mason jars with floral pieces for an added piece of vintage style and decor.
Via Inked Weddings
I LOVE these cute mini bottles of Maker's Mark that you can use on your bourbon bar instead of regular sized bottles that also make for great wedding favors/place cards as shown here.