Kentucky Bourbon Recipes

Recipes,Special Occasions
May 7, 2011

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day with some of our favorite bluegrass bourbon-soaked dishes.

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Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries are nearly as legendary as the country’s most famous horse race. And, certainly, no Derby Day celebration would be complete without a Mint Julep, a heady beverage that is made with almost as much tradition and ceremony as it is mellow Kentucky bourbon.

A classic julep is made with bruised mint leaves, powdered or super-fine sugar, bourbon, and shaved ice, then served in a specially made sterling silver cup that beads with condensation as the ice melts. In our version, we’ve added a little tea to slightly lessen the bourbon’s considerable wallop; serve either in pitchers or in over ice in julep cups. And don’t let the spirits stop flowing there—use the stout stuff in a few of our favorite Kentucky-bourbon soaked recipes. Each will make Derby Day (or any day, really) extra special.

—By Martin Booe

Mint Julep Iced Tea Recipe |

Mint Julep Iced Tea

Southern sweet tea gets a bourbon boost in this creative take on the mint julep.

Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls

These dense, sweet treats are bourbon-rich enough to be a very adult indulgence.


Bourbon Brownies with Cocoa Nibs

A blond, boozy brownie rich with chocolate chips.

Bourbon Pie

Bourbon Pie

This rich pie is surprisingly easy to make.


Butterscotch Sauce

Keep it in the fridge to turn cake or ice cream into a special-occasion dessert.


Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

A grown-up version of the classic candied yams with marshmallows.


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