April 26th Recipe Derby Entertaining

Easy Mint Juleps

2 oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon

1 oz. simple mint syrup*

Crushed ice

Garnish with mint sprig


To make simple syrup, use 1 part water, 1 part sugar and 1 part loosely packed fresh Kentucky mint.{} Bring sugar and water to a boil while stirring to dissolve.{} Add mint and take off the heat.{} Let stand for 20 minutes then strain into a tempered glass jar, let cool and refrigerate until ready to use.


To make by the pitcher (8 drinks):

16 oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon

8 oz. simple mint syrup


Mix bourbon and mint syrup.{} Pour into a tall glass filled with crushed ice.{} Garnish with a sprig of mint and a sipping straw.


Bourbon Bacon Toasts

1 lb. bacon

1 loaf whole wheat bread

1 jar Major Grey's mango chutney

1-2 t. Woodford Reserve bourbon


Preheat broiler to high.{} Cook bacon until crisp, chop into fine pieces and place on a small plate.{} Using a biscuit cutter or the top of a jar, stamp out 1 1/2 inch bread rounds, you can usually get three rounds per slice of bread.{} In a small bowl mix the chutney and bourbon (you may want to heat it slightly in the microwave so it incorporates easier).{} Spread a generous amount of the chutney mixture on the bread round then dip it in the bacon pieces so they stick to the bread.{} Repeat the steps for each bread round.{} Just before serving heat under the broiler to further crisp the bacon.{} Serve immediately. Makes 30 toasts.

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