Monthly Archives: September 2015

    The Friendly Side of Bourbon: Cocktails Even Your Grandma Could Drink

    There are days when wine and beer just aren’t enough. There are days when only bourbon can save the day. Whether it’s because your food pairing calls for it or because it’s just been one of those weeks—don’t worry we won’t question you—bourbon is essential to any refined palate. Even for those that didn’t know they were ready. So if you’ve never experienced the explosion of warmth that is bourbon whiskey, follow our instructions and proceed with caution!

    Ask a hardcore bourbon enthusiast and they’ll tell you a good whiskey should not be tainted with other flavors—water included. But if you’re new to the bourbon streets, you’re probably a little intimidated by the dark, strong and mysterious type. Fortunately, there are lots of great mixers that can make bourbon more approachable for those who’d like something just a tad less strong.

    Approachable Cocktails to Try

    The trick for any approachable bourbon cocktail is to choose a mixer that plays off of the flavors found in the bourbon itself. Because that can often be tricky, the experts here at Ling & Louie’s have taken the liberty to go ahead and throw some together for you to try:

    • Bourbon-Cider Cocktail- This drink is a great and refreshing way to introduce anyone to bourbon. Our concoction used Jim Beam Bourbon, five spice syrup and lemon juice—a classic mixer to try in many bourbon cocktails might we add—all topped with cider. Can you say ‘refreshing’?


    • Bee’s Sting- Don’t be alarmed, this one’s only got a little bit of a bite. Jim Beam Black Bourbon and Thatcher’s Organic Chipotle Liqueur mixed with Thai chili-infused honey and fresh lemon give this drink enough of a sting to know it’s bourbon, but not too much that you can’t savor its flavors.


    • Eastern Sour- If you’ve ever enjoyed a whiskey sour, it’s safe to say our Eastern Sour is its more sophisticated older brother who moved to the east. This cocktail features Maker’s Mark Bourbon shaken with citrus, fresh mint, orgeat syrup and a splash of sparkling wine to round the flavors. Nothing over the top—just classic.


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    Flavors of the Fall Season

    There just isn’t another season quite as flavor-packed as fall. We all know how excited everyone gets about pumpkin everything (cue the screaming sorority girls) but there are tons of other flavors that are as awesome and in some cases, even more awesome than pumpkin whatever. If you don’t think that’s possible, you’ve probably never tried a bourbon-infused dessert.

    Cooking with Bourbon

    Aside from desserts and other delicious fall treats, bourbon makes a heck of a special guest in almost any dish when paired properly. Its woody and sometimes even vanilla-like flavors, can bring out the best in dishes whether they’re sweet or savory.

    If you’re cooking with bourbon for the first time, remember you don’t need to go out and find an expensive bottle to get the most out of your dish. Since the cooking process will change the complexities of the bourbon, it’s best to go with an affordable but tasty bourbon like Jim Beam.

    Fall Dishes with Apples

    While apples are obviously great for baking desserts, they’re often overlooked for their amazing cooking qualities. One of the best things about cooking with apples is the wide variety you have to work with. There are many different varieties of sweet, tart, soft and firm apples that may be fit for some dishes more than others.

    In general, apples will break down the same with the right amount of cooking, but softer apples make for better sauces to give your fall dishes (and desserts!) the perfect fall touch.

    Like Bourbon and Apples? Try These!

    If bourbon everything is your style, Ling & Louie’s Bourbon-Glazed Pork Sliders are a must. This Ling & Louie’s original puts a fall twist on a Southern original that’ll make you thankful you’re taking a break from your Pumpkin Spice Latte diet. Each slider comes loaded with bourbon-glazed pork tenderloin and topped with apple slaw and wasabi honey mustard—and let’s not forget the crispy garlic fry funnel that comes with each order!


    Reeeeally like bourbon AND apples? We hope you saved room for dessert because there’s no way you can call yourself a bourbon aficionado without trying Ling & Louie’s Bourbon-Maple Crème Brulee topped with poached apples. But these are no ordinary apples (if they were they might be for boring people and we can’t stand for that), these apples are prepared with bourbon! Talk about patriotic.


    For more info on Ling & Louie’s and to stay up to date on limited time menus and events, visit:

    Bourbon Cocktail Dinner

    Event on 9/23/2015 at 6:30

    Join Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Scottsdale as we host a special Bourbon Cocktail Dinner in honor of Bourbon Heritage Month!

    Director of Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits, Luke Detraz, will be mixing up truly unique Bourbon cocktails as we pair them with our famous Modern Asian cuisine.

    Space for this special event is limited. Contact 480-767-5464 to make your reservations today!

    Reception at 6:30, Dinner served at 6:45

    Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
    Orgeat syrup, fresh citrus,  mint, sparkling wine

    Bourbon-Glazed Pork Skewers
    Apple slaw, wasabi-honey mustard, Bourbon glaze

    Old Grand – Dad Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 100 Proof
    Tom yum clarified milk punch

    Monsoon Chicken
    Wok’d seasonal vegetables, fresh pineapple and mango, peanut-red curry sauce 

    Jim Beam Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    Yuzu, passion fruit-wasabi shrub, coconut cream, 5 spice bitters

    Sea Bass, Shrimp and Scallops, OH MY!!
    A sample of our Bourbon-Marinated Sea Bass and Bourbon Shrimp & Scallops

    Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    Amaro, mushroom dashi, yuzu, brown rice syrup, sesame oil


    Bourbon-Maple Crème Brulee
    Bourbon-poached apples

    Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, plum sake, absinthe

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