BAR NONE: Porch Pounder

Benicia is a town we call home, but outsiders may mistake it for just a small town without any knowledge of its charms. Once, someone asked me “what country is that in?” while hanging out in San Francisco. True story!

Sometimes I want to gatekeep our little town, but how could I?

Benicia is full of history, ghost stories to entice the imagination, beautiful historic homes, antique shops, and fantastic establishments that all have one thing in common: stories.

Stories just don’t happen around a campfire or in a book. Stories keep history alive. I bet if you explored our little town more and said “hi” to that neighbor that is sitting on their porch, they’ll have a story for you. And, if you’re one of the Benicians lucky enough to enjoy a historical home, pull up a chair and let’s make a porch pounder to share!

For those of you new to the term, a porch pounder is a drink that is so good you can sit on the porch and drink it all day. I’m a huge fan of classic cocktails and I couldn’t think of anything better for a hot summer day that will inspire some neighborhood exploring. Though we are in California, I love a good traditional drink and the Kentucky Lemonade is the perfect thing to cool you down. 

Kentucky Lemonade 

This does not require a mixer and can easily be made into a pitcher.

Over crushed ice in your glass, add bourbon, honey simple syrup, lemon juice and a few mint leaves. Be sure to roll or slap the mint before adding to enhance the mint aromas. Top with your choice of ginger beer and garnish with a lemon slice.


  • Ginger beer (I like Fever Tree)
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz Your choice of Bourbon, (My choice: Mile High Spirits Bourbon)
  • 1 ½ oz Fresh lemon juice 
  • Crushed Ice
  • ½ oz Honey simple syrup

Honey Simple Syrup

This simple syrup is a game changer and great in any other cocktail you could make for the summer. It can be stored in a mason jar or glass bottle and keeps in the fridge for up to 2 months. 

Simply place honey, water and brown sugar into a small pot. Bring to a simmer and stir for 5 minutes. 

Place to the side and let cool before using or storing.

  • ½ cup local honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Be sure to invite your neighbors over or explore the town. It’s no fun to keep a good drink—and story—to yourself.