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Design Credit:  @jerrickh

The Kentucky Derby, often times referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Run for the Roses” draws over 150,000 visitors each year.  The 1.25 mile race marks its 140th anniversary this year and takes place on May 2nd.  Many traditions have been associated with the race, including the Garland of Roses and the Twin Spires, but quite possibly the most famous tradition is the classic mint julep cocktail that is served at the track and in bars & homes across the U.S.

The origins of the Mint Julep – a cocktail traditionally crafted from mint, bourbon, sugar and water – date back to the southern colonies just prior to the American Revolutionary War. Originally, the cocktail was prescribed as a panacea to “sickness in the stomach,” “frequent retching” and “difficulty swallowing.”

Eventually, Kentucky Senator Henry Clay introduced the drink at the Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Since then, the cocktail has been synonymous with the state that Senator Clay represented. The mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938.

We love our members as much as we love our whiskey, so to make this simple, yet refreshing bourbon cocktail even more fun, we had Caskers Member and cocktail enthusiast, Jerrick, design the “Perfect Mint Julep” recipe & recipe card above to complement our traditional mint julep recipe below.  This Brooklyn artist assures us he will be sipping on his mint julep during the race and long into the spring after.

Pick up your favorite bourbon whiskey from our shop, our new mint julep cups, and settle in for the race.  And while the race might be two minutes long, you’ll be drinking this cocktail long after.

The Perfect Mint Julep by @jerrickh

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup.  Add your choice of bourbon, to a mint julep cup filled with ice.  Stir well, garnish with a sprig of mint.  Sip & enjoy!

Looking for the traditional mint julep recipe with sugar?  We’ve got you covered as well.

The Traditional Mint Julep

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
  • 4 Fresh Mint Sprigs
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Water
  • 1 Cup Crushed Ice

Directions:

  • After lightly muddling two mint sprigs in the julep cup, add bourbon, sugar and water. Stir the contents and then add crushed ice. Finally, garnish with additional mint sprigs.  Sip & enjoy!

 

White Whale Mixers

Moiz —  May 25, 2013

White Whale Mixers are incredibly easy to use and can transform your home into the best speakeasy in town.  Check out just a few of the cocktails you can make with the mixers in the video below:

White Whale from White Whale on Vimeo.

A Tour of FEW Spirits

Sam —  April 18, 2013

For my first official act as a member of the Caskers team, during a wedding trip to Chicago, I tacked on a trip up to FEW Spirits in Evanston to meet with Master Distiller Paul Hletko.  FEW Spirits is one of Caskers’ oldest distilling partners, working with us even before we officially launched to the public in June.

The FEW Spirits distillery is situated down an alley in a former chop shop, just behind a thrift store called “Thrift House.” Truth be told, my wife and I walked by FEW, continuing along until we realized we’d gone too far.

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