Trying The New Culinary Driven Craft Cocktail Menu at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s L Bar

Trying The New Culinary Driven Craft Cocktail Menu at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s L Bar
  • Utilizing some of the most mentioned food products on social media, L Bar is handcrafting artisan cocktails far from ordinary.

  • Infused spirits, and breakfast inspiration are behind these culinary influenced cocktails.

Tucked into the lobby of the well-known Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino, lies the intimate cocktail and music lounge, L Bar. Since 2015, L Bar has been offering cocktail enthusiasts the finest handcrafted cocktails using fresh, seasonal produce and house-made syrups along with inventive techniques to create their nostalgic yet progressive and ever-evolving menu.

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Foodable Labs Ranks Top Bourbon Brands #NationalBourbonHeritageMonth

Are you a Bourbon fan? If so, you’re in for a treat!

September is officially National Bourbon Heritage Month, as declared by Congress in 1964. With that in mind, we decided to take a closer look at America’s native spirit with the help of our sister data company, Foodable Labs, to determine the best overall rated bourbon brands.

We looked at scores in the following categories: flavor profile, value, brand. Let’s take a look at some of the top bourbon spirits on our list.

Wishing you a spirited celebration as we kick off #BourbonHeritageMonth

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Four Roses

Four Roses’ overall score ranked at No. 1 with “Taste Profile” being that it’s the highest ranking category.

According to the company’s website, Four Roses has been around for over a century and after the Prohibition Era was over, it was the top selling Bourbon in the U.S. in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

After the brand was acquired by different owners, the sale of Kentucky Straight Bourbon was discontinued in North America and directed to the European and Asian markets, where it grew to be the top-selling bourbon. By 2004, Four Roses was once again sold in the States where it quickly “earned a reputation as one of the finest names in the bourbon world” thanks to Master Distillers Jim Rutledge and Brent Elliott.

The Four Roses Bourbon taste is described as smooth and mellow.

Barrels on barrels on barrels of #bourbon. #buffalotrace

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Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace’s overall score ranked at No. 2 with “Taste Profile,” again with it being the highest ranking category.

This bourbon is named after the pathway carved by the animal, the buffalo that helped America’s early pioneers migrate west. It’s distillery, located by the Kentucky River, is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America with over 200 years of history. According to the company’s website, the distillery was allowed to stay operational to supply whiskey for medicinal purposes.

The Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon taste is described as rich and complex with hints of vanilla, toffee, and candied fruit.

Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark’s overall score ranked the spirits brand at No. 3 with “Brand” being its highest ranking category.

Maker’s Mark is a family owned business that can be traced back to the 19th century. The company prides itself in using an old antique roller mill because it is less likely to scorch the grain and create a bitter taste.

The Samuels family’s Scotch/Irish heritage shaped their decision to produce bourbon in small batches, not exceeding 19 barrels.

According to Maker’s Mark’s website, President Bill Samuels, Jr. is credited with morphing the little-known regional bourbon company into one of the world’s most well-known and popular bourbon brands through the creation of its brand Ambassador program.

Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month by learning how to make some delicious Bourbon drinks from some of our favorite Across The Bar episodes!


Bourbon's Fall and Rise

Bourbon's Fall and Rise

By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, Drinks Editor

Brown spirits drove 38 percent of overall drinking occasions in August 2016 up from 27 percent in July. This is the greatest shift in any spirit category in the past two years, and bourbon – particularly brands under the Buffalo Trace marquee – has been instrumental in this success. 

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Whiskey 101: A Blind Tasting


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In this episode of Across the Bar, Paul heads to The Flatiron Room in New York City for a blind whiskey tasting. Whiskey Sommelier Heather Green explains how to distinguish a taste for whiskey – beginning from olfactory senses to the point of actually tasting all the notes in a variety. Green goes into the history of different whiskey variations, what makes them unique, and what elements qualify a proper Bourbon. Watch the full episode below as we make our way from a smoky, peaty whiskey to a creamy, silky Japanese variety.

Booze Barrel-Aged Coffee: Chicago's Newest Old Tradition

Photo Credit: Tasting Table Chicago

Photo Credit: Tasting Table Chicago

Dark Matter Coffee is adding a unique dimension to its flavor profile. By housing its current batch of beans in aged Bourbon barrels for a week, the coffee, once roasted and brewed, will have notes of caramel and vanilla with mellowed acidity. 

But Owner Jesse Diaz doesn't want consumers thinking it's the new trend, something innovative, because the process of repurposing booze barrels to house goods dates back to the 17th-century.

For Dark Matter Coffee, there are more (different) barrels on the way, making room for progressive-meets-Old World flavor infusion. Read More