Official Drink of the 2013 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Each year, during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, a Mixed Drink Challenge determines the Official Drink of the next year's Bourbon Festival.  A number of area bars and restaurants compete for the drink that will hold the title.

Without further ado.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2013 Official Drink

"Oak" Fashioned


2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce Apple Brandy
1/4 ounce Dry Curacao
1/2 teaspoon turbinado sugar
1/8 ounce blood orange bitters
Splash club soda


Muddle sugar and bitters in rocks glass. Other ingredients are aged in charred white oak barrel and previously married. Fill glass with barrel aged spirits and stir to combine. Garnish with macerated apple balls.

Special instructions:
Bourbon, Apple Brandy and Dry Curacao are married and aged together in new charred white oak barrel for at least two weeks.

Bulleit Bourbon Drink Recipes

Here are some drink recipes for you using Bulleit Bourbon.

These first three are from a Bulleit advertisement in my Chicago Magazine. 

"Chicago's Best Bulleit Mixologists"

Old Town Tea by Corey Blohm at the Old Town Pour House

Serving Size: 10 cocktails

Tea Mixture:
1 quart strong earl grey tea
16 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
10.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
10.5 oz. black pepper simple syrup
16 dashes bitters

Pour 1.5 oz. Buleit Bourbon over ice in a pint glass.  Fill with tea mixture and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Hubbard Inn's Sazerac by Shannon Lewis at the Hubbard Inn

1 oz. Bulleit Rye
.25 oz simple syrup
1 dash bitters
.25 oz absinthe

Still Bulleit, simple syrup, bitters and ice in a mixing glass until well chilled.  Rinse a chilled rocks glass with absinthe, and dump excess liquid.  Strain mixed ingredients into the rocks glass and serve neat.  Swipe a fresh lemon peel around the rim of the glass and sit inside glass to garnish.

The Arlington by Mark Romond Fatpour Tap Works

1.5 oz. Bulleit Rye
.25 oz. maple syrup
Grapefruit juice

Combine ingredients in mixing glass with ice; shake until well mixed and chilled.  Pour into a pint glass to serve and garnish with a slice of lime.

Next, I have a Bulleit Bourbon drink recipe for you, from a picture of a menu.  I'm not sure from where it came.

Blood & Sand

1.5 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Fresh orange juice

Pour bourbon and vermouth in a tall glass over ice.  Fill with orange juice and stir.

Finally, the following drink recipes for you are from Bulleit Bourbon.....


1 1/3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
Lemon wedge

Serve over ice in a rocks glass.  Garnish with a generous wedge of lemon.

The Bulleit Mint Julep

15 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
30-40 fresh mint leaves
Simple Syrup solution (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water)


Wash mint leaves, pat dry and put them in a small mixing bowl.  Cover with 3 oz. of Bulleit Bourbon and let soak for 15 minutes.

Remove mint, then place in a clean cotton cloth and wring over bowl, bruising the leaves.  Dip back into bourbon and wring again.  Repeat several times to create mint extract.  Set extract aside for one hour.  You can also put the leaves back in the extract for a more concentrated mint flavor.

Combine mint extract (leaves included, if preferred) with simple syrup in a covered glass container or jar and refrigerate overnight.

Fill julep cups with crushed or shaved ice and insert a fresh mint sprig.  Add 1 oz. of Bulleit Bourbon to each cup.  Add marinated julep mixture to taste.

Now, sit back and enjoy!

Light Honey Spritzer

Here is a drink recipe for you from Jim Beam!

Light Honey Spritzer

  • 1 ounce Jim Beam Honey
  • 1 ounce lemonade
  • Fill with Peach Soda
  • Build in a tall glass and garnish with a lemon wedge
Now, let me see where I can find that Peach Soda....I know Nehi used to make it, back in the good 'ole days!

Crown Royal Tropic

This drink recipe for you, is from directly from Crown Royal!

Crown Royal Tropic

  • 1/2 ounce Crown Royal
  • 1/2 ounce Almond Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Raspberry Liqueur
  • 2 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2 ounces Pineapple Juice

Combine Crown Royal, almond liqueur, raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice and cranberry juice in an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir and enjoy!

Sounds simply delicious, doesn't it!

10 Cane Rum Punch

Forgot to take a picture of it, but wanted to share with you the 10 Cane Rum Punch Drink Recipe I came up with for my sister's birthday party.  It was gone in no time flat!

4 cups Juicy Juice Cherry Juice
2 cups Mr. and Mrs. T's Sweet & Sour Mix
200ml 10 Cane Rum
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
1/2 pint fresh cherries
3 small sliced lemons
2 ice trays filled with cherry juice

Place 2 ice trays filled with cherry juice in the freezer at least 5 hours before time to make the punch.
Empty 2 trays of cherry juice ice into medium size punch bowl.
Pour in 10 Cane Rum, cherry juice, Sweet & Sour Mix and fresh fruit. 
Don't forget your ladle for serving!

Cookie Club

I love the name of this drink recipe, Cookie Club!

1 ounce Pinnacle Cookie Dough Vodka
1 ounce Pinnacle Mango Vodka
2 ounces Mountain Dew
Splash of Pineapple Juice

Mix in a glass with ice and garnish with an orange slice.

Macaroon Drink Recipe

Macaroon Drink Recipe for You!

2 ounces Pinnacle Cookie Dough Vodka
1 ounce Calico Jack Coconut Rum
1 ounce half & half

Rim martini glass with shaved chocolate.  Pour ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake well.  Strain into prepared martini glass.

Sugar Cookie-tini

Sugar Cookie-tini Drink Recipe for You!

2 ounces Pinnacle Cookie Dough Vodka
2 ounces half & half

Rim martini glass with multi-colored sprinkles.  Pour ingredients in shaker full of ice.  Shake well and strain into prepared martini glass.  Garnish with a cherry!

Irish Cookie Drink Recipe

Irish Cookie Drink Recipe for You!

1 ounce Pinnacle Cookie Dough Vodka
1 ounce Irish Cream Liqueur

Pour ingredients in shaker filled with ice.  Shake well.  Strain into a shot glass.

Enjoy and please remember to drink responsibly!

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Drink Recipe for You!

2 ounces Pinnacle Cookie Dough Vodka

Pour vodka into a shaker filled with ice, and shake well.  Strain into a martini glass rimmed with cocoa powder.

Fireside Choco-Chat

Here's one more drink recipe for you, from Pinnacle Vodka!

Fireside Choco-Chat

1 ounce Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka
1 ounce DeKuyper Peppermint Schnapps
4 ounces hot chocolate

Heat hot chocolate as per directions on package.  Mix hot chocolate with Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka and DeKuyper Peppermint Schnapps and garnish with miniature marshmallows!

Irish Eyes

Irish Eyes Drink Recipe for You!

2 ounces Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka
1 ounce Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
1/2 ounce DeKuyper Green Crème de Menthe Liqueur
1 ounce half & half

Pour ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a cherry.


Peruvian Pomegranate Pineapple Punch

If you get a chance, check out the FoodNetwork.  They have a lot of great drink recipes like this one.

Peruvian Pomegranate Pineapple Punch

1 1/2 cups plus 4 cups pomegranate juice
1 (46-ounce) can unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
2 cups ginger ale, chilled
2 cups seltzer, chilled
2 cups pisco, chilled
Pour 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight.

In a large bowl, mix the remaining 4 cups pomegranate juice, the pineapple juice, ginger ale, seltzer and pisco. Add the pomegranate ice cubes and serve in your favorite punch bowl.

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Mellow Macchiato

Mellow Macchiato Drink Recipe for You!

1 ounce Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka
1 ounce DeKuyper Crème de Cacao Liqueur
1 ounce Kamora Coffee Liqueur
1 ounce milk

Pour ingredients in a glass over ice.  Garnish with a cherry.

Marshmallow Fondue

Marshmallow Fondue Drink Recipe for You!

2 ounces Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodk
1 ounce Chocolate Milk

Pour ingredients into shaker full of ice, and shake well.  Swirl martini glass with chocolate syrup.  Pour ingredients into prepared martini glass.

Marshmallow Cola

Marshmallow Cola

2 ounces Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka
4 ounces your favorite cola

Pour ingredients in glassed filled with ice and mix well.  Garnish with a cherry.