America's gift to the world. Not apple pie, Playboy, NFL, or modern warfare - Bourbon. We're not talking about your Jack Daniel's No. 7 either. There are few things better than coming home from a long day at work or running errands and pouring a little Kentucky straight into a glass and sipping away. Here's a topic of appreciation to the fine tasting drink known the world over. Right now, I'm enjoying the last of my Knob Creek with a bit of maraschino cherry juice and a maraschino cherry. It's also great straight when sipped straight, in a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned. Feeling different? Try substituting Tequila in your Margarita for some Maker's Mark. When sipping it straight, it's best to have it neat as it won't dilute the alcohol or cheapen the flavour. Neat tip: If you really want your bourbon chilled, put soap stones in the freezer and drop them in your glass when nice and chilled - It won't dilute the drink. Pair your favourite bourbon with apple slices or oranges. A few bourbon's worth noting: Blanton's Maker's Mark Knob Creek Maker's 46 Bulleit Buffalo Trace Woodford Reserve And last but not least, Eagle Rare. Tip of the hat to - Jameson Irish Whiskey. Common, trendy, but worth it's reputation.