|Blanton's Bourbon Whiskey|
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Have you enjoyed a Manhattan lately? This simple cocktail made from Bourbon (preferably Blanton's), sweet Vermouth and a cherry is an elegant way to approach the evening. Bourbon, always made from over 50% corn, is the quintessential native American spirit. The Manhattan is the ultimate New York power cocktail, but it has a backbone made in Kentucky ("Ninety-five percent of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky." Mitenbuler, Bourbon Empire, www.amzn.com/014310814X). Bourbon's name, however, can trace its roots to events that took place in the Empire state.
How exactly did Bourbon get its name? You might be surprised to learn that the story involves Invasions of American territory that goes back to the American Revolution. The man who deserves more credit for giving Bourbon its name is "Gentleman" Johnny Burgoyne -- an English general who led an ill-fated invasion of New York in 1777.
In the New York chapter of America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil we wrote...
"The next year, 1777, became known as the year of the hangman due to the similar appearance of the number 7 and a gibbet. This year featured an invasion of New York that was, quite possibly, the most consequential in the area’s history.
|Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne|
Museum of the American Revolution
Burgoyne’s complicated plan relied on coordinated British action, with around 1,600 troops led by General St. Leger striking from the St. Lawrence into western New York. Lord Howe, with 16,000 men, would march north from Manhattan to rendezvous with Burgoyne at Albany.
Fort Ticonderoga, NY
Burgoyne was a prisoner here in 1777
The French supported the American Patriot cause with troops, ships and financial support that would be critically important in the Yorktown campaign of 1781. Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown elevated American independence from a dream to a reality.
|The author with Manhattan|
Americans, grateful for the support of Louis XVI, began naming towns and counties on the western frontier. Kentucky became an American state in 1792. One city in the state became known as "Louisville" while a certain county was named in honor of the French king...Bourbon.
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