As a mixologist, I find myself constantly cross-applying various techniques and applications, attempting to find the absolute right fit for a particular concept. The idea is to use the extracting power of alcohol to pull out the volatile oils found in the skins of whole spices. A form of quick, or tin-infusions. The flavor of… Read more »

The Kung-Fu Punch Recipe

Canton Meets Caribbean One of the best places to find new and interesting ingredients is in ethnic markets. What people enjoy daily on one part of the planet is unheard of on the other. In America, we are blessed with a growing number of these groceries. I encourage any bartender to explore these places, as… Read more »

Smackin-Cracklin Bacon brings you what could be the best bacon you’ll ever eat…simply add a little Rum to your morning! Here’s our  own recipe for “Smackin-Cracklin Bacon” below. For more lip smackin’ recipes using spirits like Rum and Bourbon to make your favorite dishes even better , subscribe to our free Bourbon newsletter here.  Smackin-Cracklin Bacon Recipe… Read more »

Junk Food Cocktails by Stephen Dennison

As a Master Sommelier friend put it to me- ‘We are the Coke Generation.’ Inspired by this truth, we set to produce some recipes that appeal to people’s junk-food cravings. Sweet by definition, these should be taken at the end of the meal with (or as) dessert. We at hope you will enjoy these… Read more »

Jimmy Russell’s 56 Kentucky Derbies Celebrated as Wild Turkey Mint Julep Recipe

Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey Bourbon has over 56 years in the Bourbon industry. The julep has been the classic beverage of the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. The higher proof of Wild Turkey 101 produces a richer, deeper and fuller taste, making it a bigger, better tasting mint julep. With 56… Read more »

Derby Party Strawberry Lavender Punch

For Kentuckians, the first Saturday in May is a celebration not only of horses, but of identity. Gatherings of ‘kith and kin’ form across the state and we are reminded of our land, heritage and yes, our bourbon. The recognized drink of the day is the mint julep, which in itself traditionally used the first… Read more »

Julep Down Under by Jenni Pittman, Proof on Main, 21c, Louisville

Proof on Main’s Jenni Pittman won 3rd Place for this Julep Down Under Recipe in the 2010 Four Roses Julep Contest. Here is the recipe… Julep Down Under by Jenni Pittman, Proof on Main, 21c, Louisville, Kentucky Ingredients: 1.5 oz mango puree (combine flesh of 2 mango & 1/2 cup fresh brewed tea in blender,… Read more »

Kilo Kai Iced Coffee

As the temperatures get warmer, people begin thinking less about steaming-hot cups of coffee and start looking to iced-coffees. This is a nice variation on the king of the class… Vietnamese Coffee. Enjoyed as the daily pick-me-up beverage of choice in this tropical zone, we could think of no better way to incorporate the flavors… Read more »

Bubble Tea Expression

In Southeast Asia, people commonly enjoy a beverage called ‘bubble tea.’ It is a variety of juices, teas and extracts to which sweetened, cooked tapioca pearls are added. The drink is enjoyed with a larger-than-life straw, through which the pearls might pass. At, we have decided to use this as the inspiration for our… Read more »

The Perfect Finish Juelp by Aaron Price, Maker’s Mark Lounge, Louisville, Kentucky

This is the winner of 2nd place recipe in the 2010 Four Roses Julep Contest. “The Perfect Finish” by Aaron Price of Maker’s Mark Lounge Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Four Roses Small Batch 3/4 oz Amaretto Disaronno Angostura Bitters Simple Syrup Orange Juice Orange Slice Mint Instructions: Place an orange slice in the bottom of… Read more »