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The Bourbon Lifestyle


Fine bourbon has always been a proud tradition for our family. We don't just make it, we live it. It's about surrounding yourself with family and friends. It's about sharing a conversation, showing your hospitality, celebrating the small things and doing it all with style. So for our friends and fellow bourbon aficionados, we hope you enjoy reading about the stories, traditions and southern recipes that make up what we call the bourbon lifestyle.

Recipe: Sweet Braised Radishes

Peppery Spring Radishes Bathed in Maple Syrup Set aside the usual dinner sides, and try these sweet maple braised radishes. They’re great as a side dish with roasted chicken or on their own with crusty bread. Our Bourbon-barrel Maple Syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness. Here at Pappy & Company, we’ve partnered with Libbie Summers, artistic [...]

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Recipe: Chocolate Bread Pudding With Salted Maple Caramel Sauce

Layered Brioche, Chocolate and Salted Maple Caramel Sauce It’s heaven in a spoonful: Salted maple caramel sauce, using Pappy Bourbon Barrel-aged Maple Syrup. And we don’t stop there. It’s drizzled over decadent chocolate bread pudding, a classic dessert. To us, there’s no better way to end a meal — and a maple-inspired one at that. Here at Pappy & Company, we’ve [...]

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Recipe: Pappycakes

Buttery Maple-laced Cornmeal Pancakes Mornings won’t be the same with cornmeal pancakes smothered in our Bourbon-barrel Maple Syrup. We call it Pappycakes, and it’s your new favorite breakfast recipe. Here at Pappy & Company, we’ve partnered with Libbie Summers, artistic director of her own lifestyle brand, “A Food-Inspired Life,” to bring you a series of recipes inspired by our  Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-aged [...]

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Behind the Scenes: Our Midland Ghost Pepper Sauce

The decision to make our own hot sauce was a no-brainer. Around our households, hot sauce is a staple. On everything from eggs, to Mexican, to BBQ, hot sauce is on the table. Once we set out on the adventure of making our own, we knew just who to call. We partnered with our friends the [...]

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The Origin of Our "Pappy Hour" Shatterproof Cups

Every summer, the family gathers in Michigan to enjoy each other’s company in the great outdoors. Lazy afternoons on the boat, playfully competitive games of bocce ball and relaxing afternoons on the porch … regardless of the activity, our cups are ever present when we’re together. The origin of our Shatterproof cups was a matter of practicality. Break enough glasses [...]

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Julian's Vanhattan: Julian's Twist on the Traditional Manhattan

  Our dad, Julian, is often asked about the rules of enjoying bourbon, and at the top of his list is this: You will ruin good bourbon by mixing it with ginger ale or cola. He also is often asked for drink recipes, especially for the classic bourbon mainstay, the Manhattan. Julian didn't always have an answer. [...]

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A Sweet Van Winkle Tradition: The Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

The holiday season is upon us! At Pappy & Company, we’re looking forward to celebrating with our friends and family, especially around the dinner table. Would it be any surprise that our favorite Van Winkle holiday tradition includes bourbon? Although, not in the way you might think. We’re talking about pie. Chocolate bourbon pecan pie to [...]

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The Julep Cup: A Southern Tradition

A signature drink surely deserves a signature glass. The mint julep is synonymous with the Derby, just as the julep cup itself is representative of southern tradition. Sadly, a southern tradition that, like a forgotten old porch swing, finds itself becoming rusty. For generations, the silver julep cup served a far greater role than just [...]

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