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How Bourbon is Made By Ghosts with Michael Thornton, Boone County Distilling Company
Episode 13419th November 2019 • Lush Life • Susan L. Schwartz
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If you find yourself shuttling from Cincinnati Airport to Lexington Kentucky down Interstate 75, you’ll see the signs directing you to stop at Boone County Distilling Company. 

Only 6 minutes off the interstate and you can take a tour of the only distillery that says its bourbon is “made by ghosts.” Too far to go, well then, you can sit back and listen to today’s episode and I’ll bring the tour to you.

I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry.  

Today we have Michael Thornton as our guide. He’ll walk us through the workings of Boone County Distilling Company where bottling began in 2015, but its history began in the 1700’s  Discovering along the way how Boone County was one of the largest players in bourbon production throughout the centuries.

Our Cocktail of the Week is Pendennis Old-Fashioned.


  • 2.5 oz Boone County Bourbon
  • Quarter size pour of Simple Syrup
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Wedge
  • Maraschino cherry


Put in a quarter size pour of simple syrup in the bottom of an Old-Fashioned glass. Add two dashes Angostura bitters, orange wedge, and maraschino cherry. Muddle gently without smashing everything together. Pour 2.5 oz bourbon on to the ingredients and add ice.

You can find this recipe, more Bourbon recipes and all the cocktails of the week at, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop

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