Four Roses Partners with Kentucky Derby Festival for 16th Annual ‘Rose Julep’ Cocktail Competition

March 4, 2019
Six regional bartenders will compete for best julep recipe

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 4, 2019) – When you think of the Kentucky Derby Festival, you may also think of a mint julep—crushed ice, mellow Bourbon, simple syrup and fresh mint, all muddled together in a silver cup. Over the years, bartenders have continually put unique twists on this classic cocktail, but which julep recipe reigns supreme? Four Roses and the Kentucky Derby Festival have partnered together again this year to find out.

Six regional bartenders from Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky will compete at the 16th annual Four Roses Rose Julep Cocktail Competition at Mellwood Arts Center on Thursday, March 14. The contest will take place at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s “Festival Unveiled” event, beginning at 5 p.m.

Two finalists from each market have been selected to participate in this year’s competition:


  • Dane Durand, Proof on Main
  • Colleen McCarthy-Clarke, Martini Italian Bistro


  • Oliver Winn, Parlay Social
  • Terry Keith, Goodfellas Wiseguy Lounge

Northern Kentucky:

  • Robert Cate, Hotel Covington
  • Bill Whitlow, Rich’s Proper Food & Drink

These finalists were selected from a group of nearly 30 applicants to compete for the top honors of Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. The creative mixologists have handcrafted Four Roses julep recipes all their own, using either Four Roses Single Barrel, Four Roses Small Batch or Four Roses Bourbon, along with an array of unique ingredients. A panel of beverage industry experts will taste and score the juleps based on aroma, creativity, taste and presentation.

The public is also invited to help judge the entries. Bourbon lovers can sample all six Rose Julep recipes and cast their votes for the “People’s Choice” category. Tickets to Festival Unveiled and the Rose Julep Cocktail Competition cost $40 in advance and can be purchased online. This event will begin at 5 p.m.


About Four Roses Distillery

Established in 1888, Four Roses is the only Bourbon distillery that combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to distill and age ten distinct Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique flavor profile. With distilling and warehousing operations in Lawrenceburg and Cox’s Creek, Kentucky, respectively, Four Roses is dedicated to producing award-winning Bourbons with smooth and mellow tastes and finishes. Four Roses is available in all 50 states. For more information, visit or “Like” us at


Christen Smith
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