The USBG Lux Row Distillers Cocktail Competition Names Louisville Semifinalist Winner

May 30, 2019

Mixologist Jake Smith advances to the finals at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and will compete for the grand prize


(Louisville, KY) May 30 – The USBG Lux Row Distillers cocktail competition has named its Louisville semifinalist. A four-person judging panel named Jake Smith, a mixologist at Wildflower, the winner with his cocktail “Kentiki Masala.”

Along with the trophy for winning this leg of the competition, Smith receives an all-expense paid trip to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September to compete against other finalists for the Grand Prize.

Smith’s Kentiki Masala recipe:

1.5 oz pineapple juice

1 oz simple syrup

2 oz Rebel Yell bourbon

0.5 oz lime juice

Pinch of garam masala

2 oz heavy cream

Pineapple leaves

Combine pineapple juice, simple syrup, lime juice, Rebel Yell Bourbon, and pinch of garam masala in shaker tin. Shake and strain into rocks glass with crushed ice. In separate tin, add 2 oz of heavy cream and shake. Layer cream on top. Garnish with two pineapple leaves and a sprinkle of garam masala.

At the Louisville semifinal event, which was held at The Levee, the audience crowned Michael Railey, from Hell or Highwater and his cocktail, Kentucky Pickins, as the crowd-favorite winner. The USBG Lux Row Distillers “Bourbon Battle” is organized by the United States Bartenders’ Guild and sponsored by Lux Row Distillers. This is the competition’s inaugural year.




Real roots, real family, real products: Lux Row Distillers – a bourbon distillery experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – is a family-owned venture, bringing the Lux family history and spirits tradition to the bourbon industry. Lux Row Distillers is the home of Luxco’s bourbon brands, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson and Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbons.

Located in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky, the 18,000-square foot Lux Row Distillers includes a visitor center, barrel warehouses, a tasting room, and event space, making for an all-encompassing bourbon experience. The 90-acre property is home to an 18th century stone house – which is registered as a National Historic Place – and a long, tree-lined driveway providing a scenic entrance to the distillery.

For more information about the distillery, visit You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook at or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers.



Founded in 1948, the United States Bartenders’ Guild® is a non-profit professional society of bartenders and other hospitality professionals uniting the hospitality community to advance professional bartending. The USBG believes that every US bartender achieves greater personal and professional success by connecting to diverse local and national hospitality communities. Through our network of over 40 communities nationwide, the USBG connects members with peer-to-peer learning, expert instruction, community service projects, and skills-based competition.

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