Kentucky ranks almost last in the number of breweries and their economic impact per capita. Hindered until last year by restrictive laws and overshadowed by another alcoholic beverage whose popularity boomed this decade (hint: rhymes with schmurbon), craft brewers in the Bluegrass State were generally betting against the house. However, Kentucky’s craft beer fortune flows […]
Bourbon, sugar, water, and mint: It doesn’t get much simpler than that. The Mint Julep has become synonymous with the South, specifically, that first big Saturday of the month of May. In fact, the Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for nearly 100 years. So where and how did this classic cocktail […]
Sometimes it’s better to just stick to the classics, especially when it comes to festive cocktails. With Saturday’s Kentucky Derby just around the corner, variations of the famous Mint Julep are popping up left and right. But we prefer to keep it simple. The Julep is a southern staple, especially during this first weekend in […]
Some things just go hand in hand: wine and cheese, beer and pizza, bourbon and the Kentucky Derby. Held every year in Louisville on the first Saturday of the month of May, the Derby is the grand finale of the two-week festival leading up to the big event.
The Mint Julep is one of America’s great cocktails. Now synonymous with The Kentucky Derby, it’s a drink that’s perfect for warms weather, and not just the first weekend in May. But one of the main requirements for the Julep is that it be served in a sterling silver cup, and let’s face it, many […]
There’s a saying – ”Don’t Mess With Texas.” Trademarked and everything, this slogan, which was created in 1986 by the state of Texas’ Department of Transportation, was emblazoned on signage flocking the state’s highways and byways as a measure to reduce littering throughout the state. But it’s taken on a life of its own, adopted […]
The Kentucky Derby is America’s greatest sports-party event. The Super Bowl gets all the attention, because it happens in early February when there are few other reasons to live, and because it’s preceded by an interminable buildup that resembles a presidential election campaign in its tedium and duration.
Not quite Kentucky Derby time, but then again who’s to say the Mint Julep has to be restricted to some kind of mascot status? Or, for that matter, restricted regionally? Yes, the south is likely the best at the Julep—because they’ve cared the most, and passionately—for years. But considering how simple it is to make, […]
We love the standard Mint Julep, but there are plenty of other drinks fit for Kentucky Derby royalty, from stiff whiskey cocktails to fruity julep variations. Here are 11 of our favorites that you can easily make at home. Mandarin Mint Julep By: Beautiful Booze This is a juicy, citrus twist on the classic mint […]