Normally, an expensive aged bourbon will go down a lot smoother than anything you can find in a plastic bottle. This simple mix, however, can "age" any cheap bourbon and save yourself some time and money.
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This trick concoction, from the pages of Cook's Illustrated Kitchen Hacks, calls for only three ingredients: liquid smoke, vanilla extract and a dry sherry. Mix 1 tablespoon of dry sherry with 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of liquid smoke. Then mix that elixir with 750 milliliters of whichever cheap bourbon you like, and shake well. Serve neat, on the rocks, or in any cocktail that calls for bourbon. Except for maybe whiskey experts, most people won't be able to tell the difference between a real aged bourbon and your magic mix.