Courtesy of Maker's Mark - The Bluegrass Breeze

Back home in Kentucky they've been celebrating bourbon heritage month for the past few weeks, and it just so happens to coincide nicely with the World Equestrian Games that are being contested through October 10th in Lexington. In honor of these events dozens of distillers, restaurants, and bars in Kentucky and nationwide have created signature cocktails based on America's official native spirit - bourbon.

One of the best of these cocktails that I have come across so far is The Bluegrass Breeze - a cocktail being billed as the signature cocktail of the World Equestrian Games by Maker's Mark. It's just a slight variation on a simple classic - bourbon and ginger ale - with the addition of a bit of curacao adding a new and refreshing twist. The basic recipe is below and you can read more about the drink on

Bluegrass Breeze
Signature Cocktail of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010
1.5 ounces Maker’s Mark Bourbon
3 ounces Ginger Ale
0.5 ounces DeKuyper Orange Curacao
1 orange slice
In a rocks glass filled with ice, pour in Maker’s Mark Bourbon and DeKuyper Orange Curacao and top off with ginger ale. Squeeze orange and drop in glass.


Cocktail Crush said...

Sounds like a good recipe. Why is it called the bluegrass breeze though? I assumed it would be related to the colour but looking at the ingredients I don't see how it could be, named after a horse perhaps?