Just returned from our yearly trip to meet friends and family at Kentucky's beautiful Cumberland Falls State Park. While there, some of the local folks, in noting that I was drinking my bourbon straight, suggested I mix it with Ale-8-1 (pronounced A Late One) It is a ginger based drink that has been produced in Kentucky since 1926. They say that's what they mix their bourbon with when not drinking straight. I didn't get a chance to do this, though I did taste a bit without the bourbon. I thought it might be a bit too sweet for my liking. Asking all of you other Kentucky residents; Have any of you tried this pairing together? Is it worth trying?
BTW, if you ever get a chance to visit Cumberland Falls, do it. It is really a beautiful place, particularly if you like hiking, rafting, swimming etc.