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Kentuckians compete for the best mint julep

Eight bartenders from the Bluegrass State will create a Four Roses Bourbon version of the mint julep.


The 20th annual Rose Julep Cocktail Competition takes place on Thursday, March 16.

Photo Courtesy of Bandy Carroll Hellige

Four Louisvillians are going shaker-to-shaker with other Kentucky bartenders at the 20th annual Rose Julep Cocktail Competition at Mellwood Art Center on Thursday, March 16. The contest starts at 5 p.m. and is part of Kentucky Derby Festival’s Festival Unveiled event.

The mixologists are raising a glass to Derby season’s signature cocktail — the mint julep, obvi — by creating their own unique twist using Four Roses Small Batch.

A panel of judgesincluding our own Senior City Editor, Katie — will taste and score the juleps based on aroma, creativity, and more. The public is welcome to judge, too. With a $50 ticket, bourbon lovers can sample all eight recipes and cast their rose julep votes in the People’s Choice category.

LOU bartenders include:

🥃 Em Sego, North of Bourbon
🥃 SC Baker, Bar Expo
🥃 TJ Ghant, NoraeBar
🥃 Colleen McCarthy, Martini Italian Bistro

Who will crush the ice — and the competition?

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