If you’re going to drink a themed cocktail while you watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, you could do a lot worse than one created by Godfather of Cocktails Vincenzo Marianella at The Independence. The new Santa Monica tavern will be serving its Bernheim Bugle, a mint julep variation that guests can order for $12 while they watch the horse race on the bar’s flat-screen TVs.
The Independence uses Bernheim whiskey because executive chef Tom Block’s great-great-grandfather Isaac Wolfe Bernheim created the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1897. The wheat whiskey, with its sweet flavors and aromas, has a softer taste than bourbon.
If you’d rather watch the Derby while drinking well at home, here’s Marianella’s recipe.
- 10 to 15 mint leaves
- 2 oz Bernheim whiskey
- 3/4 oz apricot liqueur
- 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 oz house simple syrup
- 3 to 4 dashes Curtis smoked banana bitters
- 3/4 oz organic apple juice
- Shake and strain over crushed ice in a highball glass
- Garnish with mint sprig and apple fan