Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby

The Mint Julep is a classic Southern cocktail and is the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. It is a potent cocktail that is fairly easy to make at home and is a must-have offering for and Kentucky Derby gathering. There are variations of this cocktail that call for sugar, opposed to simple syrup. You can top with soda, or even add Lime Juice. Here, I give the classic recipe that I use when preparing my Juleps.

Ingredients:
8 – 10 Mint Leaves
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
2 ounces Bourbon
Mint Sprig for Garnish

Procedure:
In Julep Cup (or rocks glass) muddle Mint Leaves and Simple Syrup Fill glass with crushed ice
Add Bourbon and stir
Top with crushed ice to create an ice dome on the top of the drink Garnish with Mint Sprig

Boulevardier Cocktail for the Kentucky Derby

This cocktail is a variation of the classic Negroni which calls for Rye Whiskey or Bourbon to be substituted for Gin. I prefer to use Rye, but Blanton’s Bourbon adds a dimension to this cocktail that’s hard to beat. This is an easy-drinking cocktail that packs a punch.

Ingredients:
1 ounce Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
Lemon Peel for Garnish

Procedure:
Pour Bourbon, Campari and Sweet Vermouth into a mixing glass
Add ice and stir until well-chilled
Strain into chilled cocktail, martini or rocks glass
Garnish with Lemon Peel

Hot Brown Bites for the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Hot Brown Bites If you ask any Kentuckian—especially those from Louisville—
what the quintessential local dish is, the Hot Brown is inevitably the first one to be mentioned.
Traditionally, the Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich with a base of crustless Texas Toast,
thick-cut turkey, Mornay Sauce and a roma tomato slice, topped off with a couple of slices of bacon.
For our Kentucky Derby party purposes, an open-faced sandwich with two pieces of Texas Toast
might be a bit much, not only to eat, but also a bit much for a walk-around party. This hand-held
version of the ultimate Louisville dish is a great way to bring a test of Kentucky to your party.

Ingredients for the Mornay Sauce:
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Flour
Salt & Pepper to taste
4 ounces Milk
4 ounces Heavy Cream
1/3 cup Pecornio/Romano Cheese, grated
1/2 cup Gruyere Cheese, grated
Pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper or dash of Hot Sauce

Ingredients for the Bites:
1 Bag thick-cut Brioche or Texas Toast, crusts removed and cut into equal 2 inch squares
1 pound thick-cut Turkey Breast cold cuts, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 Roma Tomatoes, sliced
1 pound cooked Bacon, cut into 2 inch strips

Procedure For the Mornay Sauce:
In a medium-sized sauce pan, melt butter slowly over medium heat
Add flour and stir constantly until a consistent roux forms (about 2 minutes)
Pour in Milk and Heavy Cream, stirring constantly to incorporate with Roux (about 4 minutes)
Add Pecorino/Romano, stirring constantly until incorporated/melted
Add shredded Gruyere, again stirring constantly until cheese is melted
Add Nutmeg and stir
Add Cayenne or Hot Sauce and stir

For the Bites:
Toast bread pieces until tops are golden brown
Place a couple of cut up slices thick-cut deli turkey on each bread slice
Place slice of Roma tomato on top of each bread slice
Pour a tablespoon of Mornay Sauce over each crostini
Place under broiler until Mornay Sauce starts to brown and bubble
Remove from oven and place two bacon strips on top of each Hot Brown Bite
Serve hot

Pimento Cheese Crostini for the Kentucky Derby

Pimento Cheese is a Southern staple for which every family has their own recipe. This particular recipe is one I’ve toyed with a bit over the years, and it highlights the virtues of the dish. The addition of Cream Cheese adds a little dimension and tang to the spread, and incorporating it into a quick hot appetizer makes a lovely finger food for your Derby gathering.

Ingredients:
8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 4 ounce jar of Pimentos, drained
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
1 French Baguette
1/2 pound Bacon, cut into bits

Procedure: Mix first six ingredients in mixing bowl until well-incorporated.
Cut Baguette into thin slices
Lightly toast Baguette slices under broiler on one side
Once cooled, spread thin layer (about 1 tablespoon) of Pimento Cheese Spread on each slice
Sprinkle 2 – 3 Bacon Bits on top of each Crostini
Place under high broiler for 1 – 2 minutes, or until Pimento Cheese begins to melt and slightly bubble.

Bourbon Balls for the Kentucky Derby

Bourbon Balls are a relatively easy-to-prepare dessert that highlights the pride of Kentucky: Bourbon. These no-bake sweet treats are the perfect dessert offering for any Derby party.

Ingredients:
1 box Vanilla Wafers
1 cup Pecans
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 cup Bourbon, divided
2 tablespoons Light Corn Syrup

Procedure:
Soak Pecans in 1/2 cup Bourbon for 2 or more hours
Drain Pecans, saving reserve Bourbon
Toast pecans in a single layer in 300 degree oven for 12-15 minutes
In a food processor, crumble Vanilla wafers into fine powder
Once cooled, crumble toasted Pecans into fine powder
In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly blend Vanilla Wafers, Toasted Pecans and Cocoa Powder
Add 1/2 cup Bourbon & 2 tablespoons Corn Syrup and mix well
Pinch off mixture and roll into 1 inch balls
Roll each ball in powdered sugar
Refrigerate for 2 hours, minimum
Remove Bourbon Balls from refrigerator
Bourbon balls will absorb some of the Powdered Sugar while chilling;
If desired, roll each ball again in Powdered Sugar before serving.

Wait, THAT’S A Cover, TOO?!? with Bruce Murray

Kern is in the umpire’s chair this week spinning a playlist called “Wait, THAT’S A Cover, TOO?!?” ‘cause he’s really on a kick with these cover playlists… He & Stub are thrilled to welcome co-owner & winemaker of Boundary Breaks Wine in beautiful Lodi, NY in the famed Finger Lakes wine region.

This week’s playlist includes:

Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison
I’ve Got My Mind Set On You – James Ray
Gloria – Laura Branigan
Gloria – Umberto Tozzi
Self Control – Laura Branigan
Self Control – Raf
Some Guys Have All The Luck – Rod Stewart
Some Guys Have All The Luck – The Persuaders
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Tainted Love – The Everly Brothers
Love Hurts – Nazareth
Love Hurts – The Everly Brothers
Alone – Heart
Alone – I-Ten

Remember—One Bourbon, One Chard, or One Beer is a drinking game you can play along with at home. Full details and rules available at www.onebourbononechard.com

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National Beer Day 2019


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One Bourbon, One Chard, or One Beer Podcast: Hey, Remember Synthpop? with Austin Beeman

Stub is in the umpire’s chair this week spinning a playlist called “Hey, Remember Synthpop?” as he and Kern welcome back VERY SPECIAL GUEST Austin Beeman of the Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman and Music for Midnight: Downtempo : TripHop : Ambient : Chill Out : Lounge podcast(s).

This week’s playlist includes:
Cars – Gary Numan Official
Bad Connection – Yaz Alison Moyet @VinceClarke
Oh L’Amour – Erasure
Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Where Did Our Love Go – Soft Cell
Just Can’t get Enough – @DepecheMode

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Hold On, THAT’S A Cover?!? with Austin Beeman

Kern is in the umpire’s chair this week spinning a playlist called “Hold On, THAT’S a Cover?!?” in which you get a second (and in one case, a THIRD) track for the price of one! Kern & Stub are thrilled to finally welcome VERY SPECIAL GUEST Austin Beeman, host of both the “Understanding Wine With Austin Beeman” and “Music For Midnight” podcast(s).

This week’s playlist includes:
Bette Davis Eyes – Jackie DeShannon
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
Hound Dog – Big Momma Thornton
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Hanging On The Telephone – The Nerves
Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – The Four Lads
Istanbul – They Might Be Giants
Mambo No 5 – Pérez Prado
Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of…) – Lou Bega
Killing Me Softly With His Song – The Fugees
Killing Me Softly – Lori Leiberman
Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
I Love Rock N Roll – The Arrows
I Love Rock’N Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

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