The Kentucky Derby is one of the most exciting horse races in the world. It is also a perfect excuse to drink Bourbon while attending with derby parties with your finest spring wardrobe and fancy hats for the ladies.

To celebrate Derby Day, we’d like to share four great cocktails featuring Four Roses Bourbon. First, try a take on the Mint Julep with the Sparkling Rose Julep by mixologist Tommy Flynn. For those who are not julep fans, we’re sharing a recipe for the Four Roses Summer Citrus.

Four Roses Mint Julep

2-3 oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

2 tsp sugar

12 mint leaves

Club soda

Garnish: mint springs and orange slice

Directions: In a julep cup, stir together club soda and sugar until sugar just begins to dissolve. Add mint leaves and, using glass muddler or back of large spoon, gently press leaves into sugar syrup until slightly darkened but not completely crushed. Add bourbon, then fill cup with crushed ice and, using long spoon, stir briefly. Tuck mint sprigs into top of cup and garnish with orange slice and insert straw.

Four Roses Rose Julep

1 ½ ounces Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
½ ounce Plantation dark rum

½ ounce Jacoulout Crème de Peche de Vigne

½ ounce mint-infused simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

2 dashes Regans orange bitters

4 drops rose water

Cava top

Mint springs and rose petals for garnish (optional)

Directions: Combine all ingredients except Cava in a Julep cup with crushed ice. Stir with a swizzle. Top with Cava and add garnishes, if using.

Four Roses Summer Citrus

1 ¼ oz Four Roses Bourbon

½ oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Grapefruit Juice

¾ oz Clover Honey Simple Syrup

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Lemon twist

Directions: Combine all ingredients in shaker tin. Shake then strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon twist.

Clyde Mays Shandy Man

1.5 oz Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1.5 oz Ginger Beer

1.5 oz Blue Moon Beer

.5 oz finest call fresh citrus sour

Lemon and orange wedge

Directions: Shake over ice and top off with beers. Pour into pilsner glass. Garnish with a lemon and orange wedge


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