This sparkling julep is the best way to start Derby Day

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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.


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