Looking for a refreshing and unique way to serve a bourbon cocktail at your next get together? Try this recipe for the Kentucky Maid.
My old Kentucky home. Well, for about 7 years anyway. I took away a love of the South (which is why we ended up here in Tennessee) and bourbon.
I was never a hard liquor gal. Red wine was my go-to. Or a beer once in a while. So when we moved to Kentucky I didn’t give much thought to being in the bourbon capital of the world. I was more into the horses.
Fast forward to people coming to visit from other states and me wondering what to do with them. I mean in California it was easy, ya know the usual:
- Laguna Beach
- San Diego Zoo
But what was I to do with these people in a state that I didn’t grow up in and had no zoo, beach or amusement park? BOURBON TOUR!
So we went. And it was fun and informative. If you’ve never been on a bourbon tour you’ll be surprised to hear that at the end they give you a “taste” of the product.
I passed. Remember? Not a hard liquor gal.
Larry (real name but I’m not mentioning the distillery) was surprised. He asked “Have you every had bourbon”? I said “I think I tasted it once”. He smirked. I was his sitting duck. He knew. So Larry said “Hang back after the group leaves” so I waved on my guests and wondered what the heck this guy was up to. He grabbed a glass and poured some Sprite in it and then added some bourbon. Handing it to me he stood back, crossed his arms and watched.
I figured I’d be kind and take a sip. Having done so… I finished the entire glass and stared at him in bewilderment. OH MY GOSH THIS IS GREAT! Larry just nodded his head.
So I’m a red wine AND bourbon gal now. In honor of Kentucky (and Larry) showing me the way to this golden delicious liquor, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite ways of using bourbon. Note I said ONE. Ahem.
Behold the Kentucky Maid. A nod to the Mint Julep but far from being so sweet, the Kentucky Maid uses mint and cucumber to satisfy your taste buds. I like to think the cucumber makes it healthy, but then again, I think too much 🙂
A delicious less sweet take on the classic Mint Julep
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- ¾ oz simple syrup
- 5-6 fresh mint leaves
- 6 thin slices of cucumber 3 for garnish & 3 for the shaker
- 1 sprig of mint for garnish
- crushed ice for shaker
Put lime juice, simple syrup, mint and cucumbers into cocktail shaker. Muddle – don't over do it, just bruise the mint and cukes.
Add bourbon and crushed ice to shaker. Shake.
Put fresh ice into your serving glass (I like to use the large ice cubes for serving) and strain out shaker contents into glass.
Add the 3 thinly sliced cucumber rounds and a sprig of mint.
What’s your favorite bourbon drink?