Saturday, May 5, 2012

Derby Day; Trying to Sell out to Bulleit Bourbon; Cinco De Mayo; Drinking holidays collide

It was all supposed to work out.  The bottle of Bulleit bourbon was offered up for review.  Tasty Kentucky Derby Cocktail recipes were provided.  Today is Kentucky Derby Day, one of the great drinking holidays, and it's Cinco De Mayo, another great drinking holiday.  One problem.  The bourbon has yet to show up.  Barney Fife had one Bulleit for his pistol.  I have none. 

Good thing for me that I have a well stocked bar.  When the Bulleit shows up, I plan on taking the Ginger Julep '68 Fastback for a ride.  Until then, we'll sip on a Cinco De Mayo Julep.
  • 3 oz of Anejo Tequila (using Patron, because I'm  a poser)
  • 1/2 oz of Mint syrup
  • Add ice, stir and drink
I'm going with Bodemeister to win the derby.  I hate to pick the favorite, but my kid has a friend named Bode, and that's as good a way as any to pick this race.

The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback
Choice 2Ingredients:
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.

The Bulleit Rye Mint Julep
o   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.

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