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May 04

Woodford Reserve Commemorative Kentucky Derby Bottle

By: Cresta

You all know that my husband is into bourbon. The other day he found this really cool limited edition Woodford Reserve bottle that celebrates the  138th Kentucky Derby. Woodford Reserve is the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Did you know they’ve been crafting bourbon whiskey at the site of the Woodford Distillery since as early as 1812?

The bottle features the artwork of Michael Schwab, one of America’s most recognized illustrators. It is an image of a thorougbred and jockey racing toward the finish line.

I think this would make a great gift for someone who loves bourbon and the Derby. We’re displaying ours in the glass cabinet where we keep our liquor. The liter-size bottle retails for around $45-$50.

Don’t forget to tune in this Saturday. Post time: 6:24 p.m. If you are attending the Derby, I am so jealous. I have been only once in my life and absolutely loved it!

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Feb 23

Traveling to Bourbon Country?

By: Cresta

If you’re planning a trip to Bourbon Country, there are some good tips and resources listed here – including a few bourbon trails and events -courtesy of Wine Spectator.

Do you have any great tips to share?

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Dec 28

The Power of Television

By: Cresta

Well, now I have to check this out…perhaps during our trip to Bourbon Country in the Fall. 

The Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY has added ghost tours to its lineup.

According to an article in The Bourbon Review, the decision to add the tours came after the distillery was seen on the national TV show “Ghost Hunters.” Apparently the show’s producers came to Buffalo Trace asking to film there after much viewer demand. It’s the first time the popular show has ever filmed at a distillery.

And now visitors get a chance to possibly have their own paranormal experience. Each Ghost Tour lasts about an hour and follows the same path featured on “Ghost Hunters,” including some seldom toured areas of the distillery. Tours end with a bourbon tasting.

Tours are free but you need to make a reservation in advance. Check out www.buffalotrace.com for tour days, times and details.

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Oct 27

If You’re Really Into Bourbon…

By: Cresta

…and you enjoy great Italian food, you might want to head to Pompilios in Newport. The restaurant has just added an extensive Kentucky Bourbon menu. I don’t need another excuse to eat at Pompilios, but my husband will be SO excited about this. Read about it here.

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Apr 29

Derby Days: Bourbon Slush

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the Kentucky Derby. Between the horses and the hats, I’m in absolute heaven. So I thought I’d share with you, over the next three or so days, some of my favorite Derby drink recipes.

We’ll start with perhaps the easiest, which is Bourbon Slush. With any of these drinks, make sure you use a nice bourbon. The quality of the bourbon affects the quality of the drink, no matter how you mix it.  For this particular recipe, I like to use Woodford Reserve from the special Derby edition bottle.

I got this recipe from my old friend Kate, and it is by far the best slush I have tasted or made. I tend to make it the night before a party to ensure a good amount of slushiness.

Kate’s Bourbon Slush

Step 1: Tea
2 1/2 cups boiling water
2 peach tea bags
1 cup sugar

Combine the boiling water and tea bags.
Once the tea is set, remove the bags and pourinto a large plastic container. (There must be room for the tea to expand once in the freezer.)
Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.

Step 2: Those yummy flavors
6 cups cold water
1 large can, frozen lemonade
1 small can, frozen orange juice
2 cups Kentucky bourbon

Add remaining ingredients to the tea.
Stir until all ingredients are well blended.
Freeze in plastic container, covered, for 6 to 8 hours, sometimes longer depending on your freezer. Spoon into glasses and top off with Sprite or 7Up.


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