Four Roses Official Derby Cocktail Blooms

Each year as Kentucky Derby season approached, Four Roses invites top bartenders to square off for the Rose Julep title, awarded to the Derby city's best and most original mint julep. A panel of acclaimed Louisville chefs and restaurant and beverage critics rated each Julep based on taste, creativity and presentation. This year, Louisville, KY mixologist Rory McCollister of Varanese restaurant created a unique Mint Julep that won over the beverage experts during Four Roses Bourbon's annual Rose Julep Recipe Contest.

The 2010 edition of the Rose Julep calls for:

1½  oz. Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
1½  oz. dried cherry-lemon zest gastrique*
Fresh mint
2 oz tamarind soda
2 oz ginger ale

*To make the gastrique, boil and reduce:

dried cherries
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Juice of 3 lemons
Zest of 1 lemon

Using a large mixing glass, muddle gastrique and mint. Add bourbon and shake well. Pour into tall highball glass and top with equal parts tamarind soda and ginger ale. Garnish with candied ginger rose, mint sprig and lemon zest.

"It's amazing the talent our competition attracts and the variety of ingredients the bartenders use for the Juleps each year," said Jim Rutledge, Four Roses Master Distiller. "Whether you can attend the most exciting two minutes in sport or not, everyone can enjoy a Rose Julep and get a taste of Kentucky at its best."

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