Jim Beam History and Recipes

jim-beam-bottles-hed-2013From its invention in Kentucky in the late 1700’s to the renaming of the company in 1933, Jim Beam has been a must have in any home bar or drinking establishment.

In 1795, Jacob Beam sold the first barrel of Old Jake Beam Sour Mash bourbon whiskey, beginning the roots of the Jim Beam brand. In 1820, he passed on his bourbon distillery to his son, David. Thirty years later, David M. Beam inherited the business from his father as well. By 1880, Beam’s Old Tub bourbon, due to railroad expansion and the telegraph, had become a national brand.

In 1894, the man best known for Beam brand whiskey, James B. Beam, would take over the distillery and turn the drink into the brand we know it as today. Although he was forced to sell the distillery in 1920 due to the prohibition, he wasted no time after the passing of the Volstead act, rebuilding in 120 days. It is during this time that the name off the whiskey brand officially became Jim Beam Bourbon.

The popularity of the brand has remained through three more generations of the Beam family, and with the addition of Booker’s, Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s and Knob’s Creek small batch bourbons, is the top bourbon distillery in the world.

Agent Orange


1 oz Jim Beam
1 oz Yukon Jack
1 oz Apple Schnapps
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Light Rum
1 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Grenadine Syrup
2 oz Orange Juice

Add the ingredients to a shaker. Shake well and pour into a cocktail glass over ice Garnish with a cherry and orange slice and serve.

Kentucky Wildcat


1/2 oz Jim Beam
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
1/2 oz Yukon Jack
1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s
2 oz Sweet and Sour mix
2 oz Cola

Pour the ingredients over ice in a cocktail glass, and stir gently. Garnish with a twist of lemon, and serve.

Beam Me Up


1 oz Jim Beam
1 oz Amaretto
6 oz Cola

Combine Jim Beam and Amaretto over ice in a cocktail glass. Add the Cola on the top and stir. Garnish with a cherry and serve.



1 oz Midori melon
1 oz Jim Beam
1/2 oz Creme de Bananas
2 oz Mandarin juice
2 oz Pineapple juice
1/4 oz Grenadine

Add all the ingredients but the Grenadine in a shaker. Shake well and strain over ice in a cocktail glass. Add Grenadine. Garnish with a slice of orange or cherry and serve.

Smooth Dreams


2 oz Jim Beam
3 oz Cola
Splash of Grenadine

Combine the ingredients into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with a cherry and serve.

BeeGee OJ


1 1/2 oz Jim Beam
3 oz Orange juice
1 splash Grenadine

Pour Jim Beam into an old fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add the orange juice, and a splash of Grenadine. Serve.





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