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Try a different take on the mint julep and mimosa this KY Derby weekend

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The greatest two minutes in sports entertainment will be here in just a few days and everyone knows the favorite drink of the KY Derby is the mint julep. Mint juleps and the KY Derby have gone hand and hand since 1938. For those who won't be able to make it to Churchill Downs, this is the perfect opportunity to serve up some authentically different mint juleps and KY inspired cocktails.

The traditional mint julep takes on a twist courtesy of Basil Hayden's® and Knob Creek® whom have both created their versions of it as well as some other KY inspired drinks. The Basil Hayden'®s Jockey Julep which was created by Rob Floyd of Los Angeles, CA, takes the mint julep recipe and adds a twist with pineapple juice and blueberries. Knob Creek® adds a tropical twist to their mint julep recipe by adding both pineapple juice and honey.

To celebrate the great state of KY try the Basil Hayden's® Bluegrass Punch. Somewhat similar to the Jockey Julep it also incorporates blueberries into it but also passion fruit juice. Sweet tea is probably the most preferred drink of Kentuckians and Knob Creek® adds spice to the sweet with Zac Mathhews' recreation of the sweet tea called the Knob Creek® Sweet & Spicy Tea. For a fresh and different take on the mimosa to start off your KY Derby Day brunch try a Knob Creek® Mimosa that uses apple cider instead of orange juice.

With these five recipes, your KY Derby weekend celebration will definitely stand out and who knows? You may just find an new way to celebrate KY everyday! For recipes just click through the list and tell me what are you plans for the KY Derby weekend? Leave a comment and let's discuss!

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Basil Hayden’s® Jockey’s Julep
Basil Hayden’s® Jockey’s Julep

Basil Hayden’s® Jockey’s Julep

Basil Hayden’s® Jockey’s Julep
Created by Rob Floyd (Los Angeles, CA)

2 parts Basil Hayden's® Bourbon
8-10 Mint Leaves
8 Blueberries
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 parts Simple Syrup

1.     Muddle mint leaves and blueberries in a mixing glass.
2.     Add remaining ingredients and shake over ice.
3.     Fine strain into a rocks glass with crushed ice.
4.     Garnish with blueberries and a sprig of mint.

Knob Creek® Storyville Julep
Knob Creek® Storyville Julep

Knob Creek® Storyville Julep

Knob Creek® Storyville Julep

Recipe by Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam Master Mixologist

- 1½ parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
- ½ part Thin Honey Syrup (3 parts honey, 2 parts water)
- 1½ parts Fresh Pressed Pineapple Juice
- 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
- Club Soda

1.    Muddle pineapple, honey syrup and mint in a tall highball glass.
2.    Fill with ice, add Knob Creek® Bourbon and stir top with club soda.
3.    Garnish with a pineapple clip and mint top.

Knob Creek® Apple Mimosa
Knob Creek® Apple Mimosa

Knob Creek® Apple Mimosa

Knob Creek® Apple Mimosa

(From Evenings With Pete)

1.5 part Knob Creek Bourbon
Chilled sparkling apple cider
Apple for garnish
In a fluted glass, add Knob Creek and then a floater of apple cider. Garnish with a thinly sliced bit of apple and perch it on the rim. Feel free to actually eat the rest of the apple. 

A perfect switch up to the traditional mimosa!


Basil Hayden’s® Bluegrass Punch
Basil Hayden’s® Bluegrass Punch

Basil Hayden’s® Bluegrass Punch

Basil Hayden’s® Bluegrass Punch

4 parts Basil Hayden's ® Bourbon

8 parts Blueberry Juice
8 parts Passion Fruit Juice
Sparkling Wine or Club Soda
Fresh Mint Leaves

1. Add Basil Hayden's, blueberry juice, passion fruit juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake.
2. Top with club soda or sparkling wine

Blueberry Ice Ring
Freeze one bag of frozen blueberries with water in a bunt cake pan. Dip frozen ring into hot water for a few seconds to unmold. Place in punch bowl with blueberry side up.

Knob Creek® Sweet & Spicy Tea
Knob Creek® Sweet & Spicy Tea

Knob Creek® Sweet & Spicy Tea

Knob Creek® Sweet & Spicy Tea

Recipe by Zac Matthews, Mixologist

- 2 parts Knob Creek® Rye
- 2 parts Southern Style “Sweet Tea” (*recipe below)
- ¼ part Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 part Prosecco

1.    Combine Knob Creek® Rye, sweet tea and lemon juice into a shaker with ice.
2.    Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
3.    Float Prosecco on top to finish.
4.    Garnish with a lemon wedge.

*Southern Style "Sweet Tea"
- Black Tea
- Simple Syrup

1.    Prepare a fresh pot of black tea per instructions.
2.    Combine freshly brewed black tea with an ample amount of simple syrup (to taste).



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