Four Roses Bourbon tells BourbonBlog.com that bartenders from the Louisville, Kentucky Highlands-area restaurants & bars competed in the first-ever Four Roses’ Holiday Bourbon Battle last week, giving the public the power to decide the best holiday bourbon cocktail featuring Four Roses Bourbon.
O’Shea’s Irish Pub’s Mytch Law and Chris Toler came out on top with “The Bardstown Rose,” a drink featuring Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, ginger ale, hazelnut and orange liqueur, a dash of cinnamon, rimmed in a martini glass with peppermint and sugar and garnished with an apple slice. (FULL RECIPE BELOW)
Avalon came in a close second with the “Winter Rose,” followed by Ramsi’s’ “Four Autumn Roses,” and Seviche’s “Shades of Autumn.”
A total of 15 restaurants & bars along Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue in Louisville featured specialty Four Roses’ holiday cocktails the week prior to Bardstown Road Aglow. It was the first year for the contest and the second year Four Roses was title sponsor of Bardstown Road Aglow.
Close to 500 votes were submitted through text message and email from Nov. 27 through Dec. 4.
Law and Toler, O’Shea’s’ “Bardstown Rose” creators, will split a cash prize of $500, receive an engraved Four Roses decanter and a plaque for their restaurant. Bartenders from Avalon, Ramsi’s and Seviche will also receive cash prizes for their participation.
Bardstown Rose Recipe
1oz Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
1/2oz Hazelnut Liqueur, 1/2oz Orange Liqueur
2oz Ginger Ale
Dash of cinnamon.
Combine Bourbon, liqueurs, ginger ale and cinnamon in tin and shake over ice. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with the crushed peppermints and sugar.