Four Roses Rose Julep People's Choice Winner

Four Roses and the Kentucky Derby Festival have partnered together again this year for the 18th Annual Rose Julep Cocktail Competition!

THE ZING A LING – Martini Italian Bistro

INGREDIENTS

2 fl oz Four Roses Small Batch
1 fl oz Lingonberry Shrub*
½ fl oz Fresh Squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
2 slices Raw Ginger
3 dashes Rhubarb Bitters

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with lingonberries.

*LINGONBERRY SHRUB

Mix 2 cups of fresh lingonberries and 1 cup simple syrup in blender on high speed until fully broken down. Pour contents into a fine mesh strainer and push through. This technique should yield a nice semi thick juice. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and whisk.

Four Roses Rose Julep Judge's Choice Winner

Four Roses and the Kentucky Derby Festival have partnered together again this year for the 18th Annual Rose Julep Cocktail Competition!

AZTEC JULEP – La Chasse

INGREDIENTS

fl oz Four Roses Small Batch
¾ fl oz Homemade Roasted Pineapple-Chipotle Syrup*
½ fl oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 sprig Muddled Mint Leaves
1 spritz Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole Bitters

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing glass, gently muddle mint leaves with pineapple-chipotle syrup and lemon juice. Add Four Roses Small Batch and shake briefly with 1 or 2 large ice cubes. Double strain into julep cup or tiki mug filled with fresh crushed ice. Top with more crushed ice. Spritz with Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole Bitters. Garnish with large bunch of mint, basil and a fresh slice of pineapple.

*HOMEMADE ROASTED PINEAPPLE-CHIPOTLE SYRUP

Peel and core 1 pineapple. Cut into chunks and roast in oven until the edges are slightly blackened. Remove from oven and place roasted pineapple chunks in large saucepan. Add 1½ cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1½ cup Chipotle powder (or to taste). Simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Let cool and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Celebration Cocktail: Don Julio Reposdao Paloma

Theres’s nothing quite as refreshing as the delicious Don Julio Reposado Paloma – from our Official Tequila of the Derby Festival miniMarathon & Marathon.

Learn how to make the Official Celebration Cocktail below, to toast your big accomplishment!

Don Julio Blanco Margarita

A classic take on a Festival Classic!

Enjoy a refreshing Margarita – perfect for when you’re fresh off the driving range. This offering is from our Official Tequila, Don Julio.

Derby Burger Challenge

This year’s Derby Burger Champion is: The Bourbon Blueberry Brie & Bacon Cheeseburger!

Louisville area Kroger stores will feature the winning recipe, along with all the ingredients you need to make it at home fromt April 21st through Derby Weekend.

Plus, you can try the burger at 80/20 @ Kaelin’s as a featured menu item from 4/21 – 5/2! To make a reservation or order online, visit www.8020atkaelins.com or call (502) 200-8020.

Wanda's Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

You can’t say no to one of these! One of our favorite Louisville chefs, Wanda Wilcox from  Sincerely Yours Catering, shares her chocolate chip cookie recipe, that’s sure to put a smile on your face!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups of Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 sticks of Melted Salted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup of White Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Real Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups of Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cups of Pecans (optional)

COOKING:
1) Heat Oven to 375°, 30 mins prior.
2) Cream butter and both sugars together.
3) Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder in a separate bowl.
4) Beat eggs and Vanilla together in small bowl, then add to the butter and sugar mixture.
5) Stir in the flour mixture slowly, one cup at a time, before adding the chocolate chips and nuts (if you choose). Mix well.
6) Use a Tablespoon for spooning the cookie dough, roll in hand and place on a slightly greased cookie sheet. (Use parchment paper if you like. I use a little Pam.)
7) Bake cookies 9-10 minutes. (They won’t look done when you pull them out of the oven, but don’t let them brown or they will be over cooked.)
8) Let them cool for 1 to 2 mins. Eat warm, they’re deeelish! (If you’re eating them the next day, pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds or so before eating, to make them extra yummy.)

The Fest-A-Rita with Don Julio

Learn how to make a Derby Festival favorite: The Fest-A-Rita! Using Don Julio Blanco Tequila, enjoy this festive twist on a classic Margarita. Always a Chow Wagon favorite!

  •  1 1/2 ounces Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Combine tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add an extra garnish by using Lime juice to coat the rim, then coating it with a little bit of salt for garnish. Shake well.