At the Kentucky Derby this weekend, there are only two certainties: thoroughbreds will run for the roses, and thousands standing on two feet will sip on bourbon smashed with mint. Jockeys and juleps are intrinsically linked in the culture of Churchill Downs. The classic Mint Julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby for more than a century, and each year, the demand calls for 1,000 pounds of fresh mint for muddling. (more…)
In the Texas Hill Country there’s a farmhouse brewery that embraces the whimsical fantasy of beer jesters, small craft-style beer makers, overthrowing the kings of beer (substitute any mass beer producer here).
Jester King Craft Brewery takes pride in its different path – one that celebrates the brew as much as the land and water that produces a superior beverage. (more…)
Drinkers who love single-malt Scotch whisky, but who also prefer to support an American product like bourbon, will soon get to have the best of both worlds. And in the meantime, we can enjoy one of the most unique spirits on the market. (more…)
Five years ago, Brooks Reitz was a gin man living in the heart of bourbon country. Managing a restaurant in Kentucky with an impressive bar, cocktail culture began to percolate right under his nose. As carefully crafted, small-batch gins trickled into the market, he noticed that no mixers were coming with them. (more…)
The thought of a warm cocktail rarely presents itself in Austin. Yet once the temperature drops, bartenders are bombarded with requests for all things hot. To supply the demand, Contigo has compiled a toddy menu that would make a Northerners’ palette water. (more…)