Cocktails

Kentucky Mule

The Kentucky Mule is a variation on the Moscow Mule, a cocktail that mixes vodka, lime juice and ginger beer over ice, usually in a copper mug. The Kentucky version obviously substitutes bourbon for the vodka. Bourbon has always played well with…

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Knob Creek Horse’s Neck (with a Kick)

The classic Horse’s Neck cocktail has only two ingredients: bourbon (or rye, or brandy) and ginger ale, stirred in a highball glass and garnished with a long spiral of lemon peel that gives it its name. When you make it…

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An Old Fashioned toast to ‘Mad Men’

When we first met Don Draper, in the very first scene of “Mad Men,” he was ordering “another one of these – an Old Fashioned.” And so whatever happens in tonight’s series finale, I will be toasting its run with that…

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The Bourgin

I am so prone to overthinking things that I often forget this trait until something smacks me in the face with it. That was the case last weekend when I saw a cocktail called “The Bourgin” on the bar menu…

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Mom’s Mint Julep

This recipe is from Chris Zaborowski, co-owner of Westport Whiskey and Wine in Louisville, and uses Old Forester, as of 2015 the Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby. You can buy premixed Old Forester Mint Julep, but the best…

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My favorite Mint Julep

As has become Kentucky Derby tradition here at The Bourbon Babe, it’s time to share my very favorite Mint Julep recipe, which is attributed to Henry Watterson, the firebrand editor of The (Louisville) Courier-Journal for 50 years: Pluck the mint…

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Whiskey Sour Punch

At a recent party where I featured a bourbon tasting, I wanted to have something available beforehand – something easy that wouldn’t require a lot of bartending. Punch was the obvious answer. You can mix it up ahead of time,…

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Vanilla Bean-Bourbon Champagne Cocktail

This festive cocktail was created by Marianne Barnes, then-master taster at Brown-Forman, for a bourbon dinner at Varanese in Louisville. I liked it so much I asked for the recipe. While Marianne’s instructions called for simple syrup and Woodford Reserve barrel-aged…

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Autumn Splendor

Autumn Splendor (recipe from There Will Be Bourbon) 3 oz. apple cider 2 oz. bourbon (we used Old Forester 86 proof) 1.5 oz. ginger beer (we used Bundaberg) Mix apple cider and bourbon. Add ginger beer and serve in an…

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