Cocktail: Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. In fact, no Derby party is complete without this traditional cocktail. So, take a look at the video below, and start practicing. You have four weeks to perfect your own version.

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Bourbon and Horse Racing

Spring has sprung, and we’re officially in Kentucky Derby countdown mode. And nothing goes with Derby time quite like Bourbon. If you’re a Kentuckian, you’ll have a few opportunities to sip with us over the next month. Check out our schedule below, and then join us to toast the season. Cheers.
Rose Julep Lexington
Lexington bartenders will compete on Wednesday, April 27 to make the city’s best Rose Julep, a mint julep using Four Roses Bourbon.

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Q&A with Master Distiller Brent Elliott

We asked our friend and journalist, Sara Havens, to be a guest blogger for Straight Up in April. Sara used this opportunity to catch up with our Master Distiller, Brent Elliott. If you’d like to read more from Sara, and we recommend you do, check out Insider Louisville or her blog at You can catch more of her nightlife tips on Twitter @TheBarBelle.

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Employee Spotlight: Ashley Barnes

We want to introduce you to Ashley Barnes, assistant quality control manager. Her job? To ensure the high quality of Four Roses Bourbon. Yes, that means frequently tasting Bourbon in the lab. Tough job, but somebody has to do it.
Get to know Ashley by watching this short video.

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Recipe: Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby is more than a horserace here in Kentucky and we’re counting down the days until the “fastest two minutes in sports.” Of course, it’s no surprise that our favorite part of the Derby is the mint julep. The famed cocktail, which is traditionally made using Bourbon, mint, sugar and water, dates back to the 1800s.
Ready to make a mint julep for yourself? Watch:

Looking for a creative twist on the classic mint julep? Check out these recipes.

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Help Us Celebrate

The spring and summer months are some of our favorites here at Four Roses. We have so many exciting things to look forward to, and we can’t wait to share them with you, our Mellow Moments Club members.
With May comes the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. We can’t forget about Father’s Day in June, but perhaps the most exciting ‘holiday’ to us, is National Bourbon Day on June 14.

National Bourbon Day was created to celebrate the spirit we enjoy the most.

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Brennan’s Napkin Essay

Hey St. Louis…join us for a unique contest at Brennan’s. Make sure to draft your short story before May 2 as four finalists will be chosen to enjoy an exclusive dinner and tasting on May 12.

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Cocktail: Post Script

When we sat down with Jeremy Salmon, we asked him what cocktails he enjoys making most. He told us that he enjoys making something he’s never made before, so he did just that for us and came up with a cocktail that’s perfect for sipping as spring approaches.

Post Script
• 1.5 ounces Four Roses Single Barrel
• .25 ounce Demerara sugar
• .5 ounce lemon juice
• .5 ounce Boomsma cloosterbitter
• .5 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
• 1.

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Bartender Feature: Jeremy Salmon from Garage Bar (Louisville, Kentucky)

Mixologists take pride in the cocktails and beverages that they serve, including our friend Jeremy Salmon, of Louisville’s Garage Bar. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s our Nuludays Cocktail Competition winner.
We took some time to sit down with Jeremy, over Bourbon of course, and got to know him a little bit better…

What’s your favorite way to drink Four Roses Bourbon?
Straight up/neat.

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What Makes Four Roses Unique

Only Four Roses handcrafts 10 distinct and extraordinary Bourbon recipes, then mingles them by hand to create our family of award-winning brands. Watch as Ryan Ashley, director of distillery operations, talks about what makes our process unique.

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