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With Winter Approaching, Bulleit Bourbon(TM) Helps Heat Up the Holidays

LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- No matter how frigid it is outdoors, the right cocktails can warm up any occasion -- from holiday parties to tailgating to your annual New Year's bash. When the leaves start to fall, it's time to break out some festive selections like bourbon or whiskey, which perfectly complement the new season.

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"Although Bulleit can be enjoyed year-round, its rich flavor and warm taste is particularly savory when enjoyed in the cooler weather, whether on the rocks or in a seasonal cocktail," says Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Bourbon.

The caramel colors and smooth, warm texture of bourbon make it a versatile ingredient for fall and winter cocktails, Bulleit says. "Unless you have a full house bar, it can be a challenge to serve cocktails that will please everyone on your holiday guest list," he says. "Bourbon works well in a variety of cocktails that appeal to both sexes, from classic whiskey sours to holiday mixes like our Smoky Mountain cocktail."

As a result of the increased visibility of certain kinds of cocktails through popular culture, consumer tastes for spirits have become increasingly sophisticated. With that in mind, it's easier to understand why premium bourbon, the only straight spirit that can claim U.S. origins, is becoming one of the fastest-growing spirit categories in the world.

"Bourbon is the classic American spirit for winter," Bulleit says. "Mixed with hot apple cider it's the ultimate cool-weather cocktail. Combined with cranberry juice or other holiday flavors, you have a great cocktail for Christmas or New Year's celebrations."

Here are some seasonal cocktail recipes to share with guests at any of your holiday celebrations:

Kentucky Cutter

Created by Gary Regan for the 2007 Kentucky Bourbon Festival's Mixed Drink Challenge

    Ingredients:

    1 ounce Bulleit Bourbon
    1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
    1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
    3 dashes Angostura Bitters
    1 orange slice (for garnish)
    1 cherry (for garnish)

Preparation:

Mix liquid ingredients together. Shake over ice and strain. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the orange slice and cherry.

    The Smoky Mountain

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
    1/2 ounce Amaretto
    1/8 cup crushed hickory smoked almonds (for garnish)
    Lime cordial (for garnish)
    Cranberry juice to taste

Preparation:

Rim a glass with lime cordial and dip in the crushed almonds. Fill the glass with ice and add the bourbon and Amaretto. Add cranberry juice to fill the glass.

    Bulleit Holiday Brew

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
    Juice from 1/8 fresh lemon
    Apple cider (hot or chilled)
    1 cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Preparation:

Fill a tall mug (preferably glass) with ice. Add the bourbon and lemon juice. Top with hot or chilled apple cider. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

For more cocktail recipes, as well as ideas for incorporating bourbon into your holiday cooking, visit http://www.bulleitbourbon.com.

About Diageo

Bulleit Bourbon (http://www.bulleitbourbon.com) is proudly owned by Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O), the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer. These brands also include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in some 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com.

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Source: Diageo

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