Anyone who reads this column is a serious drinker, so anyone who reads this column should make at least one pilgrimage to Kentucky and its many bourbon distilleries. And if you're going to take the plunge, start in Louisville and stay at the historic Brown Hotel. It's where the horsey set stays during the Kentucky Derby, and its bourbon offerings are as encyclopedic as a Cheesecake Factory menu. Their cocktails have improved over the years and change with the seasons. But the one constant is dessert: the Bisontini.
This is the drink that turned me on to Buffalo Trace bourbon cream, that magical elixir that makes Bailey's taste like watery paste. The Brown Hotel staff throws that into a martini glass along with Buffalo Trace and a trace of nutmeg–yessir! A beverage that, like the old commercial went, is strong enough for a man but delicate enough for a woman. And if you can't make it to the Brown? Tell your local OC bartender to start experimenting with Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream–Mr. Hi Time is now stocking it.
Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, Louisville, (502) 583-1234; www.brownhotel.com.