Mint juleps aren’t the only drink you can enjoy Saturday as you watch the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Don Marsh, owner and operator of Bar 1919 in the Blue Star Complex, 1420 S. Alamo St., has crafted the Bluegrass Fizz, a bourbon-based cocktail that’s sure to please people at your party as much as it pleases regular patrons of 1919, a temple of handcrafted cocktails.
“It’s my creation,” he says, adding that he first made it for a Maker’s Mark event about four years ago. He has since changed the main ingredient to Buffalo Trace Bourbon, though you can try it with your favorite bourbon and adjust the rest of the ingredients to taste.
To make the drink, you’ll need to make a couple of syrups, one flavored with ginger and the other with honey. Marsh won’t share his ginger syrup recipe, but he did say that his other syrup recipes are made with 60 percent water and 40 percent sugar. Try honey in place of the sugar, and heat it until the two ingredients are completely incorporated. Then chill until you need to use it. For your own homemade ginger syrup, click here.
The folks back in my old Kentucky home would love it, though they might have to have a second before firmly committing themselves.
Before we get to the drink recipe, let’s take a moment to mention two other Derby-related recipes worth investigating:
1 1/2 ounces Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1/2 ounce Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth
1/2 ounce honey syrup
1 ounce fresh ginger syrup
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Combine bourbon, vermouth, syrups and lemon juice in an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain straight up in a tall glass or a frosty large coupe glass. Top with Perrier.
Makes 1 cocktail.
From Don Marsh/Bar 1919