Cocktails

Blueberry Bourbon Smash

Here is a terrific brunch cocktail I came across at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen: the Blueberry Bourbon Smash. Bursting with the fresh flavors of plump blueberries and mint from the garden, it will go down easy all…

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The Chrome Crusta

Today in New York’s Belmont Park, California Chrome makes his run at history. Having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, can he take the Belmont Stakes and end the 36-year Triple Crown drought? I don’t know, but the word…

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Vintage bourbon cocktails from Molly Wellmann

Cocktails were originally created to make less-than-stellar spirits more palatable by masking them with other ingredients. But now the philosophy is to enhance the spirit, not cover it up, says Cincinnati mixologist Molly Wellmann. Molly has studied the classic cocktails of…

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Sweet Bird of Youth

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association pulls together a pretty mean bar for the Governor’s Derby Eve Gala at the Mansion in Frankfort, Ky., and this year’s was no different. They usually have something new or rare to share. This year, the…

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Henry Watterson’s Classic Mint Julep

With the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby just one day away, it’s time again to share my favorite mint julep recipe, attributed to Henry Watterson, the colorful and sometimes controversial editor of The Courier-Journal: “Pluck the mint gently from…

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Pumpkin Pie Old Fashioned

Mashable.com teamed up with Brooklyn bartender and food blogger Mallory Lance of Mallory’s Kitchen to turn a turkey dinner into seven unique cocktails. I had to scroll quickly past most of them, because muddled turkey bouillon? Shudder. But this one…

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The Best Whiskey Sour Ever

So apparently Sunday is National Whiskey Sour Day. And why not? If there are national days devoted to cornchips and frozen food (and there are), why not a day devoted to a zingy bourbon-based cocktail? There is even a National Whiskey Sour…

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The Just Peachy

It’s been a great year for growing fruit around here. I couldn’t resist stopping at a roadside stand on the way home from a family reunion over the weekend to buy some peaches. Aren’t they pretty? I’m planning to make peach…

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New twist on an Old-Fashioned

I like to sip a cocktail while watching “Mad Men,” and often that cocktail is an Old-Fashioned. It’s classic, and it was invented right here in Louisville. But unlike poor Don Draper, who seems unable to change his ways, I’m open…

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White Julep

Last month, I tasted Jacob’s Ghost, the new white whiskey from Jim Beam. It’s aged for at least a year in a charred white-oak barrel; the tinge of resulting color is filtered out, leaving it clear, but the aging gives it a…

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