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.