The bourbon is named in honour of the show’s patriarch, J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman who passed away on 23 November 2012. This four-year-old, 80-proof J.R. Ewing Bourbon comes in bottles featuring a screen-printed image of the show’s ranch, Southfork.
The party was a rare chance to rub shoulders with Gray and Duffy on their brief promotional trip to Sydney. Unlike most other celebrities who make brief appearances at events, these stars stayed for most of the night, and were available to talk and be photographed with guests.
Guests were spoilt with American style canapes consisting of:
• Cajun spiced steak tartar on toast
• Marinated tuna with avocado and wasabi
• Spanner crab taco, smoky sweet potato, chives
• Spicy beetroot and goat cheese tartlets, caramelised walnuts
• Bernie sliders with cheese, bacon, mustard and ketchup
• Jambalaya Arancini, spices, bacon, shrimp
• Fried Chicken bites, buttermilk marinade devilled sauce
• Grilled prawn cutlets, chipotle butter, peperoni mayo
• Mini banoffee pie
• Golden Beignets, bourbon late custard
Cocktails were all Dallas/Texas themed including the:
• The Dallas J. R. Ewing Bourbon with black tea syrup, fresh mint and lime charged with ginger beer
• Mile High J. R. Ewing Bourbon with fresh custard apple juice, vanilla syrup, cinnamon and a dash of Cinzano Bianco
• Vanilla Julep J. R. Ewing Bourbon with fresh mint and vanilla syrup stirred over crushed ice and topped with soda
• The High Roller J. R. Ewing Bourbon with bitters and fresh orange peel, stirred over ice and served old fashion style.
So instead of pondering about ‘Who shot J.R.?’ as viewers did in the final scene of the 1979-1980 season, enjoy a shot of J.R. Ewing Bourbon that can be enjoyed neat as well as in a cocktail.
And for all those young ones out there, there is a continuation of the Dallas TV series that has been on air since 2012 where Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are joined by the next generation of characters.