One should never need a reason to drink bourbon. Drinking it should be a leisurely pastime — that is, if you can stomach it. It’s a tough alcohol to get down if you’re a newbie to the drink.

In honor of National Bourbon Day, it seemed like the perfect time to learn how to drink bourbon without wincing like a child and, instead, appreciate it for the spirit it is. I realize it’s an acquired taste, but based on my research it can be acquired fairly quickly if you know what you’re doing. As a martini drinker, it may be difficult at first, but I’m going to give it a go. I’m also going to give it a go right after I finish this post then probably drunk tweet later in the day some sappy song lyrics. I kid! I only do that on Friday nights like a normal person.

I received this information from my “pro” bourbon-drinking brother-in-law, so if you have anything to add before we all run to the bar to try this out, give it to us!