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The Cocktail of the Week: The Mint Julep

Just in the nick of time, we present to you a proper Mint Julep on this Derby Day 2013. IMG_20130503_170039 Many people seem to have misconceptions of what a julep actually is…..but it’s beauty is in it’s simplicity: mint, simple syrup, bourbon and crushed ice.

   Mint Julep

  In a derby tin (or an old fashion glass) take 6 mint leaves and place in the bottom of the glass.  Take your simple syrup and lightly swirl just a bit around the bottom. Gentle muddle a couple of times to release the natural mint extract.  Don’t beat the shit out of the mint.  If it turns black or looks really bruised, you’ve gone too far so watch what you are doing. Next, crush your ice.  Yes, this is necessary. Get your Lewis bag and mallet, fill it with a couple of handfuls of ice, close and then get after it.  Think of it as cardio meets therapy for the week.  Add your crushed ice to your cup or glass and pack it in. Now add more ice until you have a nice snow cone shape.  Add 2-3 ounces of your favorite bourbon.  On top of that add about 1 ounce of simple syrup…Remember, this is to taste! And for the final touch, grab a generous handful of mint, give it a smack and shove it down into the ice in your cocktail (as shown) as garnish.  Next you kick back and sip your julep, phone in your bets and wait for the race to begin.  Cheers!


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Smokey Manhattan

smokymanhattanThis gorgeous cocktail was specifically created for our new friend David’s recent birthday party.  When discussing possible cocktails for his soiree he kept coming back to one thing: the dude loved smokey.  But not as in peaty Scotch smokiness, but as in wood smoke.  So we thought, hey, we can use a smoking gun and smoke ourselves some bourbon.  And that’s what we did and it was delicious.  Get your hands on some applewood and a smoking gun, folks (you’ll also need a tube and another bottle to split the booze in half to properly smoke it, but it is that easy)!

Smokey Manhattan

2 oz Smoked Bourbon (we used Applewood wood chips and 4 Roses Bourbon)

1 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth

1 barspoon Luxardo

a couple dashes of Angostura Aromatic bitters

Old fashion orange garnish

Build all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, stir, strain and garnish. Viola!




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Cocktail of the Week: The Blue Bonnet

This week’s drink was first inspired by a cocktail called the Brown Derby which is a bourbon based concoction that comes across as pretty sweet and kinda boring.  So we added some bitters to it, a more inspired syrup and topped it with some bubbles. The end result; a dressed up version of the original we call The Blue Bonnet.


The Blue Bonnet

1 oz. W.L Weller Bourbon

1 oz grapefruit juice

1/2 oz honey cinnamon syrup (equal parts honey and water; bring water to a boil, add cinnamon sticks (don’t be shy), let steep until water is muddy brown, add honey and stir.  When edges begin to bubble take it off heat to let it cool).

2 dashes Angostura Auromatic bitters

Dry, crisp bubbles such as Segura Viudas Brut Reserva cava

In a mixing glass, build first 4 ingredients.  Add ice, shaker tin cap and shake.  Strain into your champagne flute and top with bubbles.  Needs no garnish.  Cheers!