You can feel the energy across Kentucky. The annual Run for the Roses is fast approaching on May 3, and everyone is abuzz, wondering what horse will win, and of course, what Derby drink to try! Mint juleps are a classic, but who doesn’t want to try a new twist on old favorites? Read on for two great, easy drinks to make at your Derby party. Guests will love this Kentucky twist on an Irish coffee – perfect for brunch – as well as a mint julep made out of beer instead of bourbon. Here’s to the greatest two minutes in sports!
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Mint Julep
A simple, no-fuss version of the traditional mint julep – this time using beer! A great alternative drink on Derby day for beer fans. Our beloved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is the flagship brew of the company. It’s made using our Kentucky Ale brew aged for six weeks in fresh Kentucky bourbon barrels from the best distilleries in bourbon country, so that the brew picks up the wonderful tastes of caramel, cherry and vanilla and a becomes KBBA. Now to try it in mint julep form!
To create the KBBA Mint Julep:
- Muddle 6-10 mint leaves in a glass
- Top muddled mint leaves with a cold bottle of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
- Garnish with additional mint as desired.
- Drink and enjoy!
Bluegrass Sundown – a Kentucky Twist on an Irish Coffee
A bourbon-infused coffee liqueur that is sold as a concentrate in a beautiful dark bottle. Available in most liquor stores in the Town Branch bourbon distribution area (see distribution map here).
Recipe: Bluegrass Sundown is made by filling a tempered glass 1/3 full with Bluegrass Sundown, followed by 2/3 of boiling water. No need to stir.
Simply float heavy whipping cream on top of the mixture using an inverted spoon to keep the cream from mixing with the Bluegrass Sundown. Enjoy sipping the warm liquid through the cool cream.
Perfect for Derby brunch or watching the early races! Happy Kentucky Derby!