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Bourbon Is My Comfort Food, and It Can Be Yours, Too

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Bourbon is my Comfort Food book cover with a bourbon cocktail with an orange popsicle in it and a bar of chocolate

On April 4th, one month before its scheduled release, I started to receive emails and texts from friends, family, and strangers who had received their pre-ordered book, Bourbon Is My Comfort Food: The Bourbon Women Guide to Fantastic Cocktail at Home four weeks early.

Bourbon Is My Comfort Food Over barcart
credit – Christina Dresser

And they were thrilled. As was I.

This book has been a true journey for me. From turning my side hobby into something serious during the pandemic to picking up my phone and then an actual camera to learning the basics of beverage photography, from focusing on just a few cocktail templates to venturing out into layered, bitter, complex creations. This has been a trip – in every sense of the word.

bourbon is my comfort food in kitchen
credit – Shanon Ralph

My sincerest hope is that this book will open the eyes of a few people who wonder about bourbon cocktails and start to journey down the rabbit hole. Or that someone who loves bourbon but can’t get friends and family on board with their passion will have a way to open the door for them to do what whiskey lovers want most – to share the whiskey experience.

bourbon is my comfort food with bourbon paraphenalia
credit Tori Whitaker

In the last few weeks, I’ve had several occasions where I’m in rooms full of spirits writers or whiskey makers and in all of them, one thing holds true – the expectation that the spirit will be enjoyed and that it will be used to bring people together. I hope my book does the same.

bourbon is my comfort food with french bulldog
credit – Nancy Roberts

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of texts and tags of people who are reading and enjoying my book, and I hope that all of them use me as a resource when things go well, or more importantly, when they don’t quite turn out. Bourbon is a complex, varied spirit, like any whiskey category, and using it in cocktails can be an exercise in flavor complexity.

bourbon is my comfort food on occasional table
credit- Laura Taylor Smith

Plus you get to taste lots of whiskeys, and there’s never anything wrong with that.

Cheers to all of you who pre-ordered the book. Let me know if you enjoy it, or if I’m missing something. Who knows, there might be a second book – Bourbon Is My Comfort Food, Too.

By on April 7th, 2022
Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktail

About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey and cocktail author (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.

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