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Louisville and Kentucky have rich culinary traditions steeped in Bourbon, which is the inspiration for the online video series, Bourbon & Biscuits. On the show, hosts Stacey and Jessica share their favorite local food and Bourbon cocktail recipes. For Stacey, most of these recipes are family traditions while others are famous Kentucky staples. In each episode, Jessica creates a Bourbon cocktail to pair with the dish that Stacey is making. Some of these are original concoctions, but many are classic cocktails or recipes from local bartenders.
In the series, you’ll find recipes for such classics as biscuits, fried chicken, the Hot Brown, Benedictine, Henry Bain’s Sauce and many more, alongside cocktails like Louisville’s own Old Fashioned, the Kentucky Mule, and “Bananas Forester.”
Here are a few Bourbon & Biscuits recipes that are ideal for serving during Kentucky Derby Festival Season:
The mixture of four simple ingredients (Bourbon, mint, sugar and water) has been a first-Saturday-in-May tradition since 1938. More than 120,000 Mint Juleps are served every year during the weekend of the Run for the Roses. In Louisville we celebrate the lead-up to Derby with specialty juleps on the Urban Bourbon Trail – but we also think it’s a must to perfect the recipe yourself at this time of year.
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For the Perfect Mint Julep
• 1 ounce of mint simple syrup • 2 ounces Bourbon • Fresh mint
Pack a julep cup – preferably silver or pewter – full of crushed ice. Strain in the mint simple syrup (not getting any of the mint leaf) and add the Bourbon. Grab a bunch of the fresh mint and “spank it” between your hands to release the essential oils. Garnish your julep with the mint. Mint-infused Simple Syrup
• 1 1⁄2 cups packed fresh mint leaves • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup water
Bring water to a boil and add sugar – stir to dissolve. Toss in your fresh mint and stir. Allow to cool and infuse the mint flavors before you add to your cocktail.

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