Join me for juleps at the Ice House

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The Bourbon Babe is thrilled to announce that she – er, “I” – will be one of the judges this year for Four Roses’ 10th Annual Rose Julep Recipe Contest. I’ll be joined on April 18 at the Ice House by My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, nationally acclaimed bartender Joy Perrine and wine/spirits journalist Fred Minnick to sample variations on this classic theme by Louisville-area mixologists and declare a winner. We’ll evaluate each entry on taste, presentation and creativity.

Competing bars and restaurants include 211 Clover Lane, Asiatique, Bourbons Bistro, Doc Crow’s, Lilly’s, Monkey Wrench, Martini’s Italian Bistro, St. Charles Exchange, the Silver Dollar, Village Anchor, Varanese and VolareThe winner receives $500 cash, two tickets to the Great Steamboat Race, a silver engraved Mint Julep cup and an engraved plaque. Additional prizes will be presented to second- and third-place winners. Last year’s winner was Kyle Tabler of the Village Anchor.

But there’s something in this for you, too. The event is free and open to the public and includes Four Roses drink specials, a limited number of swag bags provided by Four Roses and a performance after the competition by local band Kudmani.

The Ice House is at 217 E. Main St. and the event is from 5:30-8 p.m. April 18. Join us, and be sure to say howdy!

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