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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 ½ 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.