It's unclear how this beverage became the official refreshment of the Kentucky Derby, but it's served with great ceremony at the event, and has been since as far back as 1938.
Since I'm pouring the cocktail for a crowd and I don't have the right number of julep cups, I'm preparing most of the drink ahead. Then, I'll set up a self-serve bar with mason jars for a different kind of Southern charm. Get a laid-back take on the Derby classic when you read on.
After sipping a superb cherry bounce old-fashioned, I decided to create a cherry version of the Manhattan, which, in the spirit of the Big Apple, I dubbed the Big Cherry.
It has the same ingredients as the old-fashioned, but in different proportions. For a special touch, try using brandied cherries instead of the usual maraschino. To get the recipe, read more
Hopefully, the Kentucky Christmas is a forerunner of a holiday trend to come in the following years. Made with fresh cranberries, organic cranberry juice, and bourbon, this festive, jewel-toned cocktail tastes crisp, oh-so-slightly tart, and not overly sweet. Celebrate Christmas cocktail hour in style when you read on.
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If you didn't get your fill of celebrations and libations over Memorial Day weekend, there's plenty more going on, from craft beer tastings to Champagne parties. What will you be attending this week? Feel free to share any other events you're looking forward to below!
- The Woodlands, TX: Wine & Food Week — May 26-31
- Houston, TX: Tour de Champagne — May 28
- Augusta, NJ: Crawfish Fest — May 29-31
- Vashon Island, WA: Slow Food Seattle Spring With Seabreeze Farm — May 30
- Washington DC: Savor Craft Beer — May 30
- Miami, FL: Slow Food Miami Picnic & Pie Contest — May 30
- Toms River, NJ: New Jersey State Chili & Salsa Cookoff — May 30
- Franklin, AL: Franklin Food & Spirits Festival — May 30-31
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On paper — specifically, the menu at San Francisco speakeasy Bourbon and Branch — the combination of bourbon, orange bitters, and coffee liqueur sounds a bit strange. But one sip and it all makes sense. I suggest you broaden your understanding and do the same.If you're partial to bourbon, as I have been lately, or spiked coffee drinks, or orange-flavored dark chocolate desserts, then you'll love the Revolver. It somehow hints at all three concepts while tasting absolutely novel. To get the recipe, read more
Many of you are gearing up for Mother's Day, but if you've got some time to spare, there are plenty of enjoyable events worth checking out. There are two national events to note: You can celebrate American Craft Beer Week (find out what is happening in your neck of the woods) and on Saturday, help fight hunger at the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
- Humboldt, TN: West Tennessee Strawberry Festival — May 3-9
- Bay Area, CA: Sexy Dishes Week — May 4-8
- Atlanta, GA: Taste of the Nation Atlanta — May 6
- Manchester, NH: Taste of the Nation Manchester — May 6
- Hartford, CT: Taste of the Nation Hartford — May 7
- Las Vegas, NV: Vegas Uncork'd — May 7-10
- New Orleans, LA: World Cocktail Week in the Big Easy — May 8
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Since the vessel does not affect the flavor of the drink, I made it anyway. I'm relieved I did because this classic cocktail is fantastic. With its crushed ice, fragrant mint leaves, zesty lemon syrup, and potent Bourbon, it's surprisingly refreshing and fun to drink. I highly recommend you make one to celebrate the Kentucky Derby.
If your heart is set on serving the concoction in the traditional glass, Stephen Liles, bartender at San Francisco's Boulevard restaurant, told me he got his from a local florist. To look at the recipe, read more