How perfect is this: Today, Friday is National Bourbon Day! -PJ Gach Did you know that bourbon is a uniquely American whiskey? In 1964, Congress recognized bourbon as a “distinctive product of the United States.” The spirit’s been brewed here since the 1700s. Read Get Centered in Paradise Giveaway In honor of National Bourbon Day, Basil Hayden’s Bourbon worked with Marie Zahn, a top Louisville mixologist to create a cocktail to celebrate the holiday. Basil Hayden’s Spicy Brown Blinker is a twist on two classic cocktails: The Blinker and the Brown Derby. To round out these gourmet collection, Basil Hayden had Chef Michael Symon create two cocktails made with Knob Creek©. Knob Creek® Spice Of Life, Recipe courtesy of Chef Michael Symon Ingredients: 2½ parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey ½ part White Peach Nectar 1 part Ginger Beer 4-5 fresh Mint Leaves Directions: Muddle mint, peach nectar and Knob Creek® Rye in the bottom of a shaker.Add ice and shake vigorously.Strain over ice and top with ginger beer. Knob Creek® Summer Spice, Recipe courtesy of Chef Michael Symon Ingredients: 1 ¼ Parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey ½ Part Fresh Lime Juice ½ Part Orange Liqueur ¼ Part White Creme De Cocoa Directions: Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel. Basil Hayden’s® Spicy Brown Blinker, Created by Marie Zahn, Louisville, KY Ingredients: 2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon 1 teaspoon Honey Syrup 1 teaspoon Raspberry Vinegar Grapefruit Soda Honey Syrup Ingredients: 1 cup Honey 1 cup Water Directions: In a small saucepan, heat the honey and water.Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate. Directions: Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, honey syrup and raspberry vinegar over ice in a Collins glass and stir. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.