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Rosy Riff on the Julep

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Rosy Riff on the Julep
Roseto Julep / Photo courtesy of drink.well.

The Derby is much bigger than Kentucky. This “2 minutes of horse racing” has been embraced by much of the South and beyond. Giant, floppy hats, hot browns, dapper dudes, and plenty of bourbon will be the name of the game on Saturday afternoon at parlors and porches all across the region.

And with that comes the iconic mint julep. A mint julep is simple refreshment and the technique is the thing, but it begs experimentation, at least for the creative craft cocktail builders at choice Southern watering holes.

drink.well. in Austin, Texas, will be serving the aptly named Roseto Julep for its “Run for the Roses” party tomorrow, made with bonded bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, Combier Rose Liqueur, and mint syrup. The rose liqueur makes it a floral cocktail, but the flavor is still rich and the bright color is perfect for spring.

And we’re off. Hats off to Derby Weekend.

Roseto Julep
from Michael Sanders of drink.well., Austin, TX