This weekend for the Kentucky Derby, enjoy some great cocktails Kentucky Bourbon or an American classic rye whiskey. Whether you prefer bourbon or consider yourself more of a rye whiskey fan, all party revelers can enjoy the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep, thanks to recipes contributed by Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey:
o 1 ½ oz. Ginger Infused Bulleit Bourbon
o ½ oz. Organic Brown Sugar
o ¼ oz. Peeled Minced Fresh Ginger
o 1 ½ oz. Soda Water
o 1 Lemon or Lime Twist
Directions: Muddle the ginger and brown sugar together until all of the sugar is moistened and nearly dissolved. Add a dash of soda to finish dissolving the sugar, stir in your Bourbon. Finish with ice, soda to taste and a lemon or lime twist.
Why we love it: The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback brings a warm, gentle heat to the julep cocktail family with an invigorating ginger kick and splash of lime zest.
o 1 1/3 oz. Bulleit Rye
o 1 ½-2 oz. Stirrings Simple Syrup
o Fresh mint leaves
Directions: Muddle mint leaves, Stirrings Simple Syrup and crushed ice in rocks glass. Add Bulleit Rye and fill glass with ice. Pour into cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and serve in rocks glass with fresh mint garnish.
Why we love it: The mint julep has been the refreshing spring cocktail icon of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, proving its test of time as a classic and distinguished recipe.