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Woodford Reserve Belmont Breeze: Official Drink of Belmont Stakes

Woodford Reserve®, one of America’s fastest growing bourbons, is proud to return as a sponsor of the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes® on Saturday, June 5 at Belmont Park® in Elmont, NY. Woodford Reserve will serve as the “Official Bourbon of the Belmont Stakes” for 2010.

Woodford Reserve will also sponsor the race immediately preceding the running of the Belmont Stakes. Named the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, the 1 1/4th mile turf race carries a purse of $400,000 and is for three-year-olds and up.  The Manhattan Handicap was inaugurated at Jerome Park in 1872 and is named after the principal borough of New York City.

“Woodford Reserve is proud to partner with Belmont Park and a distinguished race such as the Manhattan Handicap,” said Wayne Rose brand director for Woodford Reserve.  “As the only bourbon distillery to have its own stable of race horses, we are proud to be associated with another superior group of Thoroughbreds.”

Woodford Reserve will also toast race day with the Belmont Breeze, the Official Drink of Belmont Park and the Belmont Stakes.

Woodford Reserve Belmont Breeze

Official Cocktail of the Belmont Stakes

1 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve

2 oz.  Lemonade

1 oz.  Pomegranate juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge or cherry.

Fans will be able to purchase a Woodford Reserve Belmont Breeze at the Food Festival Spirits Tent located in the backyard, the 2nd and 3rd floor clubhouse as well as the 2nd floor grandstand.

Hal Handel, NYRA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “Woodford Reserve is a premium brand with strong commitment to the thoroughbred industry. This partnership is a perfect fit. We are very pleased to be able to offer our patrons access to Woodford Reserve’s first-class bourbon.”

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Maker’s Mark Salutes America with Special Red, White and Blue Bottles

There’s no better way to toast America’s birthday this 4th of July than with Maker’s Mark Kentucky straight bourbon whisky – a truly all American spirit. Located in Loretto, KY, the Maker’s Mark distillery is the world’s oldest operating bourbon whisky distillery and a National Historic Landmark.

Special for the holiday, Maker’s Mark is selling tri-packs with three 375 ml. bottles sealed in red, white and blue wax. These packs will be sold for a limited time only in select U.S. states and will retail for $29.99.

Maker’s Mark suggests making the following refreshing cocktails with your red, white and blue bottles for a memorable 4th of July barbecue and throughout the summer.

Kentucky Lemonade
Yield – 1 serving
Ingredients:

* 1 1/2 parts Maker’s Mark
* 1/2 part triple sec
* 4 parts of lemonade
* 2 parts lemon & lime soda

Directions:
Pour Maker’s Mark, triple sec, lemonade and soda into a shaker. Shake and pour over crushed ice.

Maker’s Ice Cream Float
Yield – 2 servings
Ingredients:

* 1 cup of vanilla ice cream
* 1/4 cup Maker’s Mark
* 1 tsp. vanilla extract
* Freshly grated nutmeg (to taste)

Directions:
Combine bourbon, ice cream and vanilla in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into glasses and service with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

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Minty Fresh Bourbon Cocktails: Juleps and Mojitos


Springtime in Kentucky is bourbon drinking weather (what weather in KY is not?)! Anyway, spring weather goes hand-in-hand with thoroughbred horse racing, especially the Kentucky Derby. As most people know, the official drink of the KY Derby is the Mint Julep. Folks usually either love or hate the julep. If you are a julep hater or just looking for something refreshing and a little different, we have a couple of twists on the traditional Mint Julep and Mojito.

PAMA Mint Julep

Ingredients (for one cocktail):

* 2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
* 2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon (any bourbon will do)
* 2 Sprigs of Fresh Mint
* 2 Sugar Cubes

Directions:

In a mixing glass, muddle mint and sugar with Bourbon and PAMA. Shake ingredients vigorously over ice and strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and serve.

Thanks to Chuck Cowdery for this recipe.

Bourbon Mojito

Ingredients (for one cocktail):

* 1/2 lime, quartered (plus extra for garnish)
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* 1 full sprig of mint
* 2 oz bourbon
* Soda water

Directions:

In a glass, muddle the lime, sugar, and mint until the sugar is dissolved. Add ice and bourbon. Stir well. Top with soda water. Garnish with lime.

Thanks to Shoes & Cocktails for this recipe.

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Exclusive Empty Calipari Marker’s Bottles Up For Grabs

Yesterday’s release of the 2010 Keeneland Maker’s Mark bottle featuring UK basketball coach John Calipari was a slam dunk. Reports are that 24,000 bottles  sold out everywhere in under 2 hours. There simply were not enough to meet the demand. Coach Cal and Maker’s Mark have decided to make 8,000 more of the bottles available. The catch is, they will be empty! They will feature the same design as the full bottles which sold out on Day One of sales. The only difference is that instead of the Surgeon General’s warning on the back label, there’s a message from the CFFC. The proceeds from these bottles will benefit The Calipari Family Foundation for Children to help better the lives of underprivileged children in Kentucky. The limited edition bottles are on sale now for $49.99 with free shipping anywhere in the continental United States. You can get order this bottle online directly from caliparifoundation.org

Why empty bottles? Maker’s Mark President/CEO Bill Samuels, Jr. said:  “Cal’s foundation can now sell and ship them anywhere. With nothing inside there are no legal restrictions. Fans everywhere can get one and make a donation to his cause for kids. When Cal agreed to do our charitable bottle only available in Kentucky, he warned me about the nearly 1 million fans outside Kentucky that are not going to be happy. He was right.”

“Ellen and I would like to thank Bill Samuels, Maker’s Mark and Keeneland for making this special edition empty bottle to help support our Foundation. By not including alcohol in the bottles, we are able to ship these keepsakes all across the world and allow the Big Blue Nation to share in the commemoration of our first fabulous year in the Bluegrass,” Coach Calipari said.

The collaboration between Maker’s Mark and Keeneland, Kentucky’s world famous bourbon and its historic thoroughbred racetrack and sales company, respectively, could result in nearly $250,000 for the CFFC.

Watch the video below for more info about the Maker’s Calipari bottle.

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Maker’s Mark Trademark Wax Seal Is Affirmed

A federal judge Friday agreed with the distiller of Maker’s Mark bourbon that the dripping red-wax seal on its bottles is the company’s exclusive property, the Associated Press reports.

U.S. District Judge John Heyburn in Louisville, Ky., issued an injunction preventing a rival liquor company from using a dripping wax seal on its tequilas sold in the U.S., ending a seven-year legal fight over the distinctive bottle- topper.

Friday’s ruling caps a lawsuit between Maker’s Mark owner Fortune Brands Inc. (FO) and two competitors, Diageo PLC’s (DEO) North American unit and Casa Cuervo, over the trademarked wax seal. Mexico-based Cuervo used a dripping red wax seal on special bottles of its Reserva tequila, which was distributed by U.K.-based Diageo.

Heyburn’s ruling barred the companies from using the seal but didn’t award damages to Maker’s Mark.

Calls and emails to spokesmen for Maker’s Mark, Diageo and Cuervo weren’t immediately returned Friday, the AP says.

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Great Lakes Distillery Releases Test Batch of Bourbon

Great Lakes Distillery released its first batch of bourbon on March 20th.

The Milwaukee distillery claims the bourbon is the first produced in Wisconsin since Prohibition.

Great Lakes Distillery Test Batch bourbon, bottled at 92 proof, was released March 20 at a price of $44.95 per 375-ML bottle.

Great Lakes will held a release party that same day at the distillery and offered bourbon cocktails made from the Great Lakes’ test batch.

The batch of bourbon was distilled nearly three years ago and aged in smaller barrels. Since only 263 bottles of the bourbon were made, it was only be available at the distillery.

“We’ve been sampling it and it got to a point where we thought it was ready to go,” said Guy Rehorst, Great Lakes Distillery founder and distiller.

Since whiskey cannot be quickly scaled up and replicated, Great Lakes said it will be several more years before any additional bourbon becomes available after this batch sells out.

“We have more bourbon in the works but it’s years off,” Rehorst said.

Bourbon can take anywhere from two to 12 years to age, he said.

Great Lakes Distillery also produces premium vodka and gin sold under the Rehorst brand name. In September 2009, it introduced a new line of absinthe, a once-banned anise-flavored spirit.

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Splash of Bourbon Makes Food Taste Better

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A splash of bourbon whiskey makes food taste better. Kentucky cooks have known this for a long time, and with the increasing popularity of bourbon, a new generation of food lovers have discovered many uses for this versatile spirit in the kitchen. With this in mind, veteran food writer and cookbook author David Dominé has published a collection of original recipes that will help readers enjoy bourbon’s distinctive flavors in dishes from crumpets and cakes, to dressings and dumplings, and pilafs and purées.

Not only does does Dominé entertain his readers with interesting tidbits about this distinctive American spirit, he discusses subtle differences in the bourbons used in this, the first-ever collection of recipes designed to showcase a wide variety of brands while promoting tourism at Kentucky’s distilleries.

In addition to sights along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, this “coffee table” style cookbook features stunning color photographs of each of the 70 food dishes. The author also includes brief histories of distilleries, notes from the master distillers and explanations for such terms as single barrel, small batches and bottled-in-bond.

Shrimp and Corn Hushpuppies, Bourbon Butternut Squash Soup, Kentucky Derby Salad, and Trout Gratin are just a few of the recipes included. Dominé also prepares whiskey-laced originals such as Bourbon Battered Fish with Pumpkin Seeds and Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes. The decadent Bourbon Ball Torte, a four-layer, chocolate concoction filled with rich butter cream, whiskey and pecans and coated in smooth chocolate ganache, is topped with one of the Bluegrass State’s most famous confections, the bourbon ball! Whether it is simmered in soups, drizzled in dressings or baked into breads, bourbon is sure to become a staple in your pantry after reading Splash of Bourbon, Kentucky’s Spirit.

Dominé will be signing his new book in many Kentucky bookstores throughout April. Check with your local bookstore for more information.

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Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Buzzing Soon

In April, Firefly Distillery is launching a Sweet Tea Bourbon to complement its flavored vodka sweet-tea line. The Firefly website currently has this to say about their new product:

Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Bourbon Whiskey starts with handcrafted Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from the world renowned Buffalo Trace Distillery. It is then infused with South Carolina tea and real sugar cane. The experience is a perfect blend of sweet tea and bourbon, two southern traditions. Try it with spring water over ice.

Firefly Distillery is a distillery located on Wadmalaw Island, thirty miles south of Charleston, South Carolina that manufactures a line of vodka products using muscadine  grapes local to South Carolina. According to Wikipedia, In October 2008, Firefly Distillery and Sazerac Company formed a joint venture to manufacture and distribute Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka at Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky in order to meet the growing market demand. Through this joint venture Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka was able to be distributed to all states by March 2009.

Will this be a perfect sipping drink on a hot summer day? We look forward to getting a taste of this new concoction very soon. If you taste it first, be sure to leave us a comment and let us know how you like it.

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