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For those of you who plan to celebrate at home, we are telling you everything you need to celebrate the Kentuck Derby at home, starting with the infamous mint julep. Mint juleps were originally made with brandy but we're giving you an extensive list of brands and cocktail recipes to freshen up this fan favorite cocktail. Similar to a Horizontal Tasting, you can give life to mint juleps with tequila, ginger, and gin. For those who prefer the classic, we've got you covered.
While those at Churchill Downs will be drinking the refreshing combination of brandy, mint, sugar, and bourbon over crushed ice, will teach you our favorite recipes and brands. And if you're not a cocktail fan, don't worry, shots on us.
Maker’s Mark is Kentucky’s bourbon darling. Made using soft red winter wheat (vs. rye) to create a bourbon with a flavor that finishes on the front of the tongue, it’s a delicious addition to any Julep. The caramel and vanilla play deliciously with mint in the Julep and it doesn’t hurt that Maker’s first ever customer in the 1950s was a horse race course – Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky!
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength goes straight from barrel to bottle at 110 to 114 proof. Cask Strength retains the signature front-of-the-palate flavors of Maker’s Mark, but amps up those flavors to create remarkable new bourbon that really stands up in Juleps, especially those with added ingredients like fruit or other liqueurs. The robust spice and oaky flavors of the bourbon, balance the sweetness and minty essence of a classic Julep or a more inventive version.
Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades: The second premium expression from Master Distiller Eddie Russell’s Master’s Keep series, uses some of the rarest and precious barrels in Wild Turkey’s heralded stock. Made from a blend of whiskies aged 10 to 20 years, this 104 proof (52% alc. /vol.) whiskey will retail for a limited time, at $150 per bottle. More background in the release below.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed: One of the pioneers of small batch bourbons, Rare Breed is pure barrel proof whiskey, meaning no water is added to reduce the level of alcohol during the bottling process. This year we’re celebrating an even higher proof with a new bottle design.
The Union Horse Distilling Company Reunion Straight Rye — a small batch, 100 percent rye whiskey handcrafted from the finest quality rye and aged in Union Horse’s signature oak barrels. Reunion unites smooth complex notes of butterscotch, caramel, ginger and cinnamon spice. (93 proof).
How to make a mint julep
The typical directions consist of muddle mint in the bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into glass with crushed ice. Garnish with sprig of mint
Our Favorite Recipes (Use directions above and check the gallery beow for final results)
Intense Ginger Mint Julep Created by Barrow’s Intense
2 oz bourbon
1 1/2 oz Barrows Intense Ginger Liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
3-4 sprigs of mint
NOLET’S Silver Bulleit
1 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
1 oz. Bulleit® Bourbon
1 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Mexican Mint Julep:
2.5 oz. Avión Reposado
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
2 oz. Cynar
3/4 oz. Lemon
1 oz. Grapefruit
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Julep cup/Mint/Crushed Ice
While you or a client may be travelling to the city for work, it's always hard to find the right place for extended stays where you can work and be able to have a casual meeting with a client. We all have those days where we have to run uptown to downtown and never able to find a good middle place. Now with an updated lounge and know for long term trips you can settle in between at AKA Central Park (42 West 58th Street New York, NY). Designed by Ed Asfour of Asfour Guzy Architects a.lounge is newly renovated giving a new look to the iconic landmarks of New York.
Drink of choice is the house made, AKA branded wine, a.vin Chardonnay made by Montogomery County's Karamoor Estates. The aromas of pear and jasmine notes with a zesty flavor entry of lemongrass and vibrant minerality.
Outside of the lounge AKA Central Park offers the perfect place for travellers to stay in their hotel suites. With the feel of an intimiate hotel and a luxury apartment this is for the traveller who doesn't quite need a pied-a-terre but still wants to stay somewhere nice while on business.
Outside of the AKA lounge guests have access a 24 hour doorman, s one of the most spectacular fitness centers in NYC, residents-only lounge, and private access to the café – for breakfast, espresso, lunch, and afternoon tea.
The brand new 17 story high rise offers 134 beautifully designed, spacious studios, one and two bedroom furnished apartments in Manhattan with full kitchens – ideal for individuals staying a week or longer. Wi-Fi, cable TV and espresso machines are all complimentaryto residents.
If you choose to stay in the penthouse be prepared for a private wrap terraces perfect for entertaining with breathtaking views over the Manhattan skyline.
Whether it be for a bachelorette/ bachelor party, date night, wedding, or a small get together- vineyards can be a relaxing and unforgettable time. They bring people together, make you wind down, and give you a few aesthetic pictures for your social media.Read More
The Oscar’s are right around the corner, this upcoming Sunday, in fact! So, with awards season in full motion, any good watch party requires good entertainment and good drinks. If you want to get into the groove of things before hands, we’ve compiled a list of star-studded inspired drinks for the biggest fans.Read More
Now that Dry January is over, it can be difficult to ease your way back into having a drink every once in a while. It’s often accompanied with guilt of the calories or the sugar that you know you probably shouldn’t have so much of so frequently. Ideally, you’d be able to cut back anytime you wanted and drink as often as you’d want, but we don’t function that way. Luckily enough, there are ways to go around this.Read More
Although apple cider [whether spiked or plain] is a fall favorite, it isn’t uncommon for people to come back to the elegant classic that is champagne ; and not just during the fall-winter season. Think engagement parties, weddings, bacherlor/ette celebrations and any other significant life event, they all have the classy touch of the bubbly drink.Read More
Thanksgiving is the time of the year where you surround yourselves with the ones you love. This Thanksgiving, why not surround yourselves with the ones you love and a bottle of these wines to share with the table? Not sure what to drink or how to pair it with? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with a food and wine guide is guaranteed to make your guests think you’re secretly a sommelier.
For Those Drinking White
Enjoy a glass of fruity Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018. Cloudy Bay, produced in the Marlborough region which produces wines with an extra fruity aroma and flavor. If you enjoy the taste of lime, grapefruit, and nectarine, you'll definitely enjoy sharing a glass with your loved ones this Thanksgiving. We suggest pairing this with your sides like scallops and green beans.
Made from the best varieties of white grapes in the Bordeaux region 2016 Mouton Cadet Blanc will fill the room with a wonderfully fruity smell. Meanwhile, it will fill your tastebuds with a delicious blend of grapefruit and lemon flavors. Since white bordeaux is rare, you may not want to miss out on your chance to share a bottle around your Thanksgiving table this year. This too will pair well with scallops with citrus fruit, oysters, seafood linguine.
For Those Drinking Red
Bonterra Grenache 2015 will give you the taste of Thanksgiving dinner all on its own. The grapes used in this wine were grown on a previous cherry farm, so keeping with history, this wine features black cherries. You'll also enjoy the taste of sage, rosemary, and cracked black pepper, which is perfect to go along with your turkey this year. They even have a whole list of recipes you can find here.
The Château Couronneau 2015, Sainte-Foy Côtes de Bordeaux ($19) is biodynamic wine from Côtes de Bordeaux’s newest and smallest appellation. This Merlot-forward red has a bouquet of ripe plums, blackberries, dark cherries and violet. This stunning wine enhances any dish with a fruit component such as duck with cherry chutney or a pork roast with winter fruit and Port sauce.
The Elysian Merlot, the debut wine in Bonterra Organic Vineyards’ Elysian Collection, plays off the bucolic ideals and pastoral tranquility of northern California’s organic farmland, highlighting the diverse natural elements that create unique environments for grape cultivation, handpicked from plots teeming with life and biodiversity. The Elysian Merlot embodies the essence of a wine vinified from organically grown grapes, with a harmonious chorus of black plum, carob, raspberries and soulful minerality. This will pair perfect with any red meat you may be eating.
For those who can’t resist dessert this Thanksgiving, Spoken Barrel's Cabernet Sauvignon gives off the aromas of cherry, black currant, dark chocolate, and roasted oak, which are all symbolic scents of fall. This wine also tastes of blackberry, cherry, and vanilla. Whatever dessert you plan on serving this Thanksgiving, consider serving a glass to your guests with their dessert. Will be using the recipe below for the perfect tart,
Spoken Barrel Apple, Shallot and Blue Cheese Tart
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 ½ cups shallots, thinly sliced, (about 3 large shallots)
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator overnight
1 small pink lady apple, thinly sliced and seeds removed
1 ½ tsp thyme leaves, roughly chopped
4 oz mild blue cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp honey
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Over medium high heat, sauté shallots with 1 Tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt until soft and starting to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool slightly
3. Using a rolling pin, roll out the puff pastry until 12x12”, dusting your work surface with flour as needed.
4. Assemble the tart by evenly spreading the shallots over the pastry, followed by the apples, thyme and blue cheese allowing a ½“ border.
5. Bake the tart for 20 minutes or until golden brown, puffed and crisp. Drizzle over the honey and serve warm or at room temperature with Spoken Barrel wine.