Whatever He's Having: Preseason 2017

From Payton Bradford -Musician Laureate of the Poor Man's Nation:


The Campari

I imagine many, myself included, maybe want something with a little more flavor than a vodka and soda and a little less alcohol to go easier on our aging bodies.  I'd heartily submit the Campari & Soda or, alternatively, the Americano, as a fine drink for a hot Saturday that won't put too much gas in your tank. 

Campari is a lower alcohol aperitif (25% ABV roughly) that is bitter with notes of grapefruit and herbs, and typically found in a Negroni.  Mixed with soda water and a healthy slice of orange, it is a cool, crisp refresher that is good for hot days given its lower alcohol content.

In Italy, you can purchase pre-bottled Campari Soda.  For those who want something a little sweeter and less bitter, adding 1 part sweet vermouth to the mix turns it into an "Americano," a classic Italian drink.  And the best part of all, with either, you're drinking an appropriately bright red drink.  

From Drew Parrish, Bulldawg Displaced in Richmond: The Bourbon Slush

Pictured with lovely bride, Claire.

One of the great perks of having worked for a Fraternity and traveling on the road for a year after graduation was that I got to travel all over, tasting the best cocktail recipes that the Southland has to offer. 

It should be no surprise that the recipe below comes from the state of Kentucky. I picked it up while in Murray, KY visiting Murray State. Not a town known for football, but the bourbon goes a long way to curing that problem. Enjoy.

Bourbon Slush (Doubled) 


  • 8 tea bags 
  • 4 cups boiling water 
  • 2 cup sugar 
  • 14 cups cold tap water 
  • 2 - 12oz can frozen orange juice 
  • 12oz can frozen of lemonade 
  • 3 cup bourbon (PMGN Reccomends ASW Fiddler Bourbon)
    • I usually add 1/2 to 1/3 more Bourbon! 


  • Steep teabags in boiling water, 3 minutes remove bags
  • Stir in sugar until completely dissolved 
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well. 
  • Put in large topped container and freeze  
  • Remove from freezer 1 hour before serving and stir to slush stage.