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Mint Julep

When you think about the Kentucky Derby, you think fast horses, big hats - and Bourbon cocktails. This year, enjoy the big race at home with Four Roses Small Batch and the Kentucky Derby's classic, easy-to-make signature drink: The Mint Julep.

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Ingredients

Made with Four Roses Small Batch
2 fl oz Four Roses Small Batch
5 Mint Leaves
¼ fl oz Simple Syrup

Directions

Gather 5 large mint leaves - or more if the leaves are smaller - and smack and pull up along the inside of the Julep tin. Discard that mint and add simple syrup and Bourbon to the tin.

Stir with a spoon and fill the tin halfway with crushed ice, then swizzle for a few seconds. Move quickly and fill the tin to the top and pack, creating the crushed ice snow cone.

Insert a Julep straw and put the mint sprig garnish next to the straw.

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Aztec Julep

A unique spin on the classic mint julep, awarded Judges' Choice in the 2021 Rose Julep Cocktail Competition.

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Ingredients

Made with Four Roses Small Batch
2 fl oz Four Roses Small Batch
¾ fl oz Roasted Pineapple-Chipotle Syrup
½ fl oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 sprig Mint Leaves
Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole Bitters

Directions

In a mixing glass, gently muddle mint leaves with pineapple-chipotle syrup and lemon juice. Add Four Roses Small Batch and shake briefly with 1 or 2 large ice cubes. Double strain into julep cup or tiki mug filled with fresh crushed ice. Top with more crushed ice. Spritz with Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole Bitters. Garnish with large bunch of mint, basil and a fresh slice of pineapple.

Homemade Roasted Pineapple-Chipotle Syrup:

Peel and core 1 pineapple. Cut into chunks and roast in oven until the edges are slightly blackened. Remove from oven and place roasted pineapple chunks in large saucepan. Add 1½ cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1½ cup Chipotle powder (or to taste). Simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Let cool and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

The Zing a Ling

A unique spin on the classic mint julep, awarded People's Choice in the 2021 Rose Julep Cocktail Competition.

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Ingredients

Made with Four Roses Small Batch
2 fl oz Four Roses Small Batch
1 fl oz Lingonberry Shrub
½ fl oz Fresh Squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
Raw Ginger
3 dash(es) Rhubarb Bitters

Directions

Add all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with lingonberries.

Lingonberry Shrub:

Mix 2 cups of fresh lingonberries and 1 cup simple syrup in blender on high speed until fully broken down. Pour contents into a fine mesh strainer and push through. This technique should yield a nice semi thick juice. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and whisk.

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