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Mint Juleps - a Kentucky Derby Tradition!

In the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the locals start craving burgoo, benedictine, and those sweet, boozy mint juleps. And yeah yeah, we can hear the dissenters now..."Ugh, mint juleps. I had one once - gross." If the thoughts of a julep are reminiscent of toothpaste, we hear you and we've been there. But when...

Boozy Valentine's Cupcakes

Share some love with the important people in your life with these BOOZY bites from heaven!

These Valentine-inspired cupcakes begin with a bourbon chocolate cake base, are then covered with a whipped strawberry vanilla buttercream, and are finally topped with a hand-dipped dark chocolate covered strawberry!

MAKES 12 CUPCAKES

Bourbon Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp...
Christmas Whiskey Sour - RECIPE

Cocktails, anyone?! Our "Sips & Sweets" happy hour is one of the highlights of the guest experience here at Chateau Bourbon. Not only do we prepare a made-from-scratch, bourbon-infused dessert, but also a signature bourbon cocktail each evening. If that doesn’t put the ‘happy’ in happy hour, I don’t know what does!

The change of seasons brings an opportunity to switch up our recipes, incorporating seasonal ingredients and flavors. Winter is certainly an ideal time for hot beverages – think hot toddy or spiked hot chocolate! But cold beverages can still warm us up – eggnog mixed with a healthy dose of whiskey or brandy provides that “Kentucky Hug” every time.

I personally love the use of seasonal flavors such as...

Spiked Eggnog Pancakes - RECIPE

I've always been one to welcome the change of seasons. While there are many reasons to embrace a new season, such as an excuse to change up your wardrobe or the celebration of a special event or holiday, the opportunity to enjoy seasonal flavors is one of my favorite reasons! I'm often inspired to incorporate seasonal flavors into the dishes and cocktails we offer guests each day, and the Christmas holiday season is no exception. Gingerbread, cranberry, orange, and eggnog are quintessential 'holidays' if you ask me! Since the cold weather rolled in with December, I've really enjoyed eggnog, spiked of course! A good ole 'Kentucky Hug' creates that warm & fuzzy feeling on even the coldest nights.

This recipe for Spiked Eggnog...

"Fall" in love with Louisville!

LOUISVILLE'S LEAVES LAND ON LONELY PLANET’S TOP 8 

My heart swells every year as the signs of fall slowly but steadily creep upon us. Autumn is my favorite season for so many reasons. Yes, I'm that "pumpkin spice everything" kind of gal! In addition to the flavors, aromas, and activities that fall brings, it's truly the cooler temperatures and changing foligae that gives me all the good feels this time of year. My beloved Kentucky is worthy of a visit anytime of year, but when guests ask me when I think is the best time of year to visit - you guessed it - it's fall. 

I was delighted to see Louisville listed among some of the most vibrant fall destinations, from the likes of Vermont (oh, my heart!) to the Blue Ridge...

Visiting Bourbon Country

Planning a trip to Kentucky to explore the Bourbon Trail? Here are two articles that highlight SO MANY of our favorite spots here in Louisville and the surrounding area. And with more people choosing domestic travel these days, there's no better time to come immerse yourself in the Bluegrass!

Foder's has written "The Perfect Weekend Getaway: Louisville and Bourbon Country". While it frames the article around travel from Atlanta or Chicago, of course the recommendations for the adventure remain the same. I really love their Louisville distillery recommendation...

Summer Festival Fun!

Louisville is such a vibrant city, and summertime is when it really shines! Known not only for bourbon and horses, Louisville, Kentucky brings major music festivals, live acts, and national trade shows each year. Nothing says summer like blues music, craft beer, and good ole smoked meats - And June brings the "Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival" at Louisville's Water Tower Park. July brings the massive "Forecastle Festival" taking place at Waterfront Park as well as the more intimate, Hunter S. Thompson-inspired "Gonzofest" hosted at the downtown Louisville library. Vintage car lovers travel from all over the country for the August "Street Rod Nationals" taking place at the Kentucky Expo Center. One of our most...

It's Kentucky Derby Season!

Brace yourselves, y'all, because our favorite time of year has arrived! We've outlined everything you need to know to have an AMAZING Kentucky Derby season here in Louisville, Kentucky! 

CATCH THE DERBY SPIRIT: The Kentucky Derby Festival officially kicks off with a bang on April 13 with Thunder Over Louisville (the largest annual fireworks extravaganza in North America). The weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby feature a variety of festivities, including concerts, marathons, hot-air balloon events, the Pegasus Parade, WineFest, BeerFest, Bourbonville and much more. 

FEST-A-VILLE: Returning to the Louisville Waterfront Park for its 12th year, is the ultimate entertainment experience featuring the Wat...

Fall Fun and More!

October is one of our favorite months here at Chateau Bourbon.  Fall brings a variety of things to and enjoy here in the Louisville Kentucky area.  No matter your interests, you will find something special to experience this month.

Kicking things off, the Louder Than Life event offers the ultimate in whiskey, food, and rock and roll.  Headliners include Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie.  The event is September 30 through October 30 at Champions Park on the waterfront.

If arts and crafts shows are on you to-do list, the local area has multiple offerings this month.  The St. James Art Fair is October 6 through October 8.  In the heart of Old Louisville, it features more than 700 fine artists and craftspeople from all over North America.  On the...

CHATEAU BOURBON FEATURED ON NORTON COMMONS PODCAST!

Our good friend and neighbor, Jason Black of Artisan Signature Homes, recently asked me to speak about Norton Commons bed-and-breakfast on his weekly podcast series, which covers various aspects of custom home building and business design here in Louisville, KY.

Naturally, when his clients are coming to build or buy homes in Norton Commons, it’s convenient for them to be able to stay right in the neighborhood. So much of our business is driven by word-of-mouth and personal connections we’ve made within the local community, so we really appreciated this chance to speak more about what makes our B&B so unique.

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