My birth state takes a courageous stand against modernism:
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The state that claims to produce the world's best bourbon has banned at least one way to consume it: vaporized for easy inhalation.
Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill on Tuesday prohibiting the sale, purchase or use of alcohol vaporizers, which are devices that resemble asthma inhalers but produce intoxicating fumes.
"These devices have generated considerable concern from the law enforcement and medical communities due to the increased potential for extreme alcohol impairment or consuming alcohol in deadly concentrations," Beshear told advocates who gathered in the Kentucky Capitol for the signing ceremony.
"Claims" to produce the world's best bourbon? Come on, AP, give back the bribe Tennessee paid you. Without getting into the legal or philosophical implications of the law, let me just say that it makes a great del of aesthetic sense. Unless your idea is to just get hammered as quickly as possible, liquor should be sipped. Inhaled, for Pete's sake?
Here, for those of discerning taste, is the perfect mint julep: Make a syrup by boiling two cups of sugar and two cupts of water for five minutes. Refrigerate overnight in a covered container with some crushed fresh mint. To make the drink, mix a tablespoon of syrup with two ounces of bourbon and crushed ice. Then -- this is the most important step -- dump it into the nearest flower pot and pour yourself a B&B. You will kill a plant that no longer needs to be watered and discover the reason liquor was discovered.
I was on vacation in Kentucky once and asked a liquor store clerk if he had B&B. "I got the beer," he said, "but what's the other B?" Well, hell, bourbon, unless you're Hillary Clinton.