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'Bourbon-boom' may be causing a product shortage

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The bourbon boom shows no signs of slowing, and continues to move full-steam ahead. The popularity of American-made whiskey is soaring, with sales of premium brands at an all-time high. Global whiskey sales are outpacing production by 2 to 1 in some estimates, and, while that news is great for distillers, it could mean a shortage for consumers.

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So what's behind the purported shortage? Ironically enough its popularity could be its downfall. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, high-end premium and super-premium bourbon sales rocketed up 31 percent and 104 percent, respectively, in the last five years.

The good news is that we aren’t in crisis mode just yet, so finding your favorite brand of vodka should not be hard. But in the coming years, it may be a bit harder to get your hands on your favorite bourbon brand.

Below are three bourbon recipes for you to enjoy that will help cool you off now that summer has rushed in.

The Tender Knob

  • 1 slice Organic Granny Smith or Fuji apple
  • 1 ½ oz Knob Creek Bourbon
  • 2 oz Alcoholic apple cider
  • ¾ oz Agave nectar
  • 1 pinch Freshly grated cinnamon

In a shaker, muddle the apple slice. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a double Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. (Do not double-strain; you want some apple bits in the finished drink.) Garnish with an additional apple slice.

Bourbon Old Fashioned

  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Orange wheel
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
  • 1 splash Club soda
  • 2 oz Bourbon

In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters,sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda. Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.

Bourbon Lift

  • 1 ½ oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • ½ oz Heavy cream
  • ½ oz Coffee Liqueur
  • ½ oz Almond orgeat
  • Club soda

Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and double-strain into an 8-ounce Fizz or Collins glass. Fill with club soda, pouring from about 6 inches above the glass. Wait a few seconds and then add another splash of soda—this will “lift” the foam above the top of the glass. Serve with a straw.

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