Popular Louisville brunch spot J. Graham’s, home of the famous “Hot Brown,” has day-drinking cocktails perfected. Troy Ritchie, bourbon steward and sommelier at J. Graham’s Cafe, adds 14 Hands Brut (specifically chosen to tie into the Derby’s horse theme; the wine’s name refers to a method of measuring a horse’s height) to the Derby Day quaffer as “the wine will freshen, brighten, and give it that textural, spritz feel on the palate.”
*Recipe courtesy of J.Graham’s Cafe, Lousiville
- 3-4 ounces 14 Hands Brut
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 4-6 mint leaves
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 dash bitters
- 1 Muddle the mint leaves, bourbon, and simple syrup in an open cocktail shaker, then strain the muddled liquid from the cocktail shaker into the glass.
- 2 Add 14 Hands Brut and the dash of bitters. Top off with mint sprig and crushed ice.