Sunday, September 16, 2012, marked the close of the 21st annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival. The 10th annual Mixed Drink Challenge, sponsored by the Nelson County Hospitality Association, was held on Wednesday of Festival week in the Chapel at Spalding Hall. Area restaurants and bars competed in an open division of the competition while Kentucky Bourbon distilleries concocted their rendition of the specialty drink in a second division.
Jonathan at Gratz Park – TJ Cox
½ oz Apple Brandy
¼ oz Dry Curacao
½ tsp turbinado sugar
1/8 oz Blood orange bitters
Splash club soda
Muddle sugar and bitters in rocks glass. Other ingredients are aged in charred white oak barrel and previously married. Fill glass with barrel aged spirits and stir to combine. Garnish with macerated apple balls.
Bourbon, Apple Brandy and Dry Curacao are married and aged together in
new charred white oak barrel for at least two weeks.