Dipsology Beyond The Fundamentals: Racing Thoroughbreds and Sipping Corn – The Derby Means Bourbon

Dipsology Beyond The Fundamentals: Racing Thoroughbreds and Sipping Corn – The Derby Means Bourbon

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Tomorrow is the Run For The Roses which, coming off of a rushed racing season due to the pandemic, is making its standard return to the first Saturday in May. Running for nearly 150 years, this is America’s preeminent horse race, and it is a pure Kentucky business. Begun by the grandson of William Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, the British horse- racing custom was given Kentucky in1875 Its association with bourbon is a continuous.

The renowned racecourse Churchill Downs operates on the Southside of Louisville, bourbon’s rooted house. It is approximated that somewhere close to one-third of all bourbon developed is from this city, with new, bigger distilling centers turning up on the regular. It then makes not simply sense, however the best marriage, that America’s greatest horse race is joined by the lone, simply American spirit.

While other spirits have been around for centuries prior, bourbon ended up being a U.S. product. Colonists arrived here with noteworthy other potables. Scotch and scotch were European derivatives currently, as was the beer they brought over with them. Rum had actually grown into a commodity previously and the Caribbean became a source of the required sugarcane for its production. (Oddly, for a time Connecticut, of all locations, was considered the Rum center, drawing the raw item from the islands.) Quickly, the native elixir would emerge.

Woodford Reserve cooled with bourbon stones and American Pharoah bourbon. Credit: Brad Slager

While alcohol abounded in the early years, it was still a local item created by individuals and regularly utilized as a payment method. Farmers were in the practice of using any surplus grains in their stills, and soon enough, westward expansion into the area now viewed as Kentucky resulted in the regional crop of corn as a source for their mash costs. The state has a significant limestone deposit that causes a top quality supply of water. As river trade routes caused New Orleans, this brand-new item became noteworthy, and soon, the popularity of bourbon ended up being set up.

Today, bourbon has been experiencing an explosion in appeal. This is permissible, as long as their bottle adheres to the governmental basic set for appropriate labeling, beginning with it being a simply American item.

The explosive popularity of the product of this generation has led to becoming something of a challenge to distillers.

Ed Reinke

Sipping Corn

When it pertains to consuming this elixir of The States, there are requirements provided and arguments made, but this column eschews the condescension. Just like most things of the vice persuasion, your choice is the preferred approach. All that will take place here are suggestions; you are the ultimate arbiter.

So, what constitutes good-to-better bourbon? Your taste, ultimately. This is where the joyous practice of tasting comes into play. One thing to bear in mind– a rise in rate does not always mean a commensurate increase in quality. The factor for this is that even though, in Kentucky, the city government is politically deeply vested in the bourbon trade, it is also purchased it. The aging of bourbon is considered an element in increasing quality, however it is likewise pricey due to the fact that a distiller pays a tax on every barrel in its warehouses each year, and then they pay the federal government upon the bottling on a per-gallon basis. Add to this the fact that they lose a share of item with time to absorption and evaporation– the “angel’s cut”– and you then get the elevated costs which are handed down the consumer.

The primary recommendation given here will be to be sure to diversify. The sippers are top-quality, high-potency bourbons.

As for how to consume these, it too is a matter of choice.

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One recommendation, regardless of your option; before drinking, bring the product simply to your lips. Let the astringency of the alcohol hit your mouth and tongue and change your taste buds. Then, after about half a minute, your taste will be on full alert and the layered tastes will end up being more pronounced.

So, you now have your primer for a full day of Bluegrass horse-racing. As the primary race has a post time of 7pm ET, there is a complete day of undercard races of numerous disciplines and distances, starting around twelve noon on NBC Sports Internet, and after that NBC. Here is where you can equip up for a full day of bourbon satisfaction. The first is the most obvious– mint juleps.

This is the centuries-old Kentucky standard, and while there is a conventional technique, you might not have all the tools at your disposal, however fret not. Here first is the old-time technique.

Start with a metal shaker cup, add about 6-8 mint leaves, gently crushed, add a teaspoon of easy syrup. Take crushed ice and fill the cup with a small dome, then drizzle 3-4 ounces of high-grade bourbon.

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Mint Julep

4oz. Bourbon

Fresh mint stalks

basic syrup

Squashed ice

Break off a handful of mint leaves, squashing them in your fist, and dropped into a shaker. Include half the bourbon and half the simple syrup, include ice, top with staying bourbon and syrup.

Then, for some variations with the liquor of choice


This is frothy and vanishes rather quickly

( in a shaker with ice)

  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 1oz Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 oz coffee alcohol
  • 1/2oz Almond Orgeat (if unavailable, Amaretto an appropriate replacement)

Shake well for 15 seconds, put into Collins glass, simply except the rim. Fill with soda water (Gradually pour soda water from a few inches. This will “raise” a foamy head)


If you have old school drinkers, choose this thoroughbred-acceptable Manhattan variant

( in a shaker with ice)

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 1/2oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Splash Maraschino Alcohol

( shake well, strain over maraschino cherry in a chilled martini glass)

Now you and any guests will be well served for the race. Bourbonic has had a decent Spring, but the outside post indicates he goes off at 30 -1, while Midnight Bourbon is much better positioned straight in the centerline gate, with 20 -1 odds.

So, go delight in a couple of American traditions tomorrow!

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