Did you know that 37% of women currently drink bourbon ? That’s right, move over gentlemen, bourbon isn’t just a man’s drink, it’s for everyone, ladies included!

Inclusivity is at the helm of these two African American, female-owned spirits brands and bars: Purcello’s 1789 by Tomeka Purcell and Chic Chef Co. as well as Chic Chef 77 Wine Bar and Bistro by Nik Fields. by Nik Fields. With sexy and silky inherent flavors of vanilla, oak, fruit, spice blended with honey, it’s no wonder the depth of flavorsubtle yet complex, but not overpowering, appeals to women around the globe.

Nik says, “What makes bourbon distinct from other whiskeys is the way itis manufactured and aged. All whiskey is a spirit made from fermented grain and then aged in barrels. But the kind of grain and the type of barrels determines the variety of whiskey.

Tomeka continues, “Bourbon is made in small batches, aged for a long period of time, which means that each bottle is of higherquality, which adds to the luxury of it allThe taste of heat is the physical sensation caused by the dehydration occurring in your mouth ethanol does that well.”

…which makes bourbon the ideal spirit to share with your boo on Valentine’s Day with some crafty and creative cocktails. Let’s be honest: Whiskey is an acquired taste. Bold, Fierce and Intenseall the makings of the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable candlelit Valentines evening, whether dining at home or out in the town

A bourbon cocktail is sophisticated, classy and flavorful and Nik’s Bourbon pick of Purcellos1789 embodies all of the fiery combinations. Most men agree it’s quite attractive to find a lady who enjoys the fine taste of whiskey. Couples who drink whiskey together, stay together and most likely have the similar views on life since they are deep, sincere and thoughtful.

Here’s a few cocktails that Chef Nik created to ignite the fire on Lovers Day in the kitchen and beyond:

All the Smoke 



  • Add strawberries, lemon, and simple syrup in the bottom of a shaking tin and muddle well.
  • Add optional mint leaves and Purcello’s 1789 and muddle briefly.
  • Fill with ice and shake for 10-12 seconds.
  • Strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with strawberries and mint (if using).
    Double the recipe to share with your Boo! 


Chic Mint Julep 


Gather the ingredients.

Place the Chic Chef Co simple syrup into a sexy glass. 

Muddle to dissolve the sugar and release the oil and aroma of the mint.

Add Purcellos 1789

Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir well 

Garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw and enjoy.

For her