Bourbon Blitz – Week 2; September 4, 2023

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It’s Labor Day weekend, which of course means that Nick can no longer wear his favorite white chinos. It also means that we’ve had a solid five days of college football games marking the first official weekend of the season. 


As I am writing this, Duke is currently up 6-0 against the Clemson Tigers. So far, it’s been a moderately boring game. However, I did learn that Duke has a linebacker named Memorable Factor, so that is something.  (It’s also a good time to remind you that Dabo Sweeny is a clown. You don’t have to look very hard to find facts that support this, but his ranking of Ohio State at 11 the season they waxed the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl is my go-to reason.)

Speaking of my Buckeyes, they opened up their 2023 campaign in Bloomington, Indiana against the Hoosiers. 

It was not the greatest showing. 


Don’t get me wrong, a 23-3 win on the road against a B1G team while breaking in a new quarterback and 3/5ths of the offensive line is pretty solid. I just would have liked to see a little more firepower in the offense. Next week is the first home game, and the Horseshoe will be rocking when the Penguins of Youngstown State visit.

Sadly, M*ch*g*n also won their opener, but I think we can all agree that they also lost with this sad tribute to Jim Harbaugh, who is currently serving a 3-game suspension for improper recruiting. Leave it to Meatchicken players to martyr their coach for cheating.


It was Labor Day weekend, and that means nearly everyone, myself included, had a cookout or attended one. Our menu was inspired by the one and only Jimmy Buffett, who passed away on September 1st. One of my first cassettes growing up was “Songs You Know By Heart”, and while I would not consider myself a Parrothead, I will definitely miss the legendary singer who made a career out of the beach-bum lifestyle. In his honor, the cookout featured margaritas, cheeseburgers, and the island sound of the Coral Reefer band.

We served two types of margaritas. The first featured 21 Seeds Cucumber Jalapeno tequila: 2 oz of tequila, a fresh squeezed lime, topped with soda. This spicy refreshing cocktail is a unique spin on the classic marg.  The tequila makes a great cocktail, but it’s a little rough if you were to sip it neat. The second margarita was your classic marg: 2 oz of Milagro Silver Barrel Reserve, 1 oz of Cointreau, and a fresh squeezed lime. (We haven’t reviewed the silver before, but you can find a review of the Anejo here.) 

One of my friends who came over for burgers and drinks brought over a handle of Kirkland brand Canadian Whiskey. I was skeptical — how good can a $20 handle of whiskey be? The answer is: surprisingly, not terrible. We may need to do a proper review of the Kirkland line soon.


As day turned into night, we were sipping drinks, laughing, and watching Florida State beat up on Louisiana State University 24-45. It made for a great holiday weekend, and as Jimmy said “if we couldn’t laugh we would go insane”.

Next week, the NFL kicks off the season with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Detroit Lions Thursday night. Of course, I am looking forward to seeing the Browns take on the Cincinnati Bungles Sunday. 

As we wrap up, remember to tune in every week to the Bourbon Blitz for your fix of football, food, and drinks. And until next time, let’s all raise our fins one last time to Jimmy. Cheers and see you soon.


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