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2019 Mint Julep Month Kickoff Party

On Thursday, April 4, Garden & Gun partnered with Maker’s Mark and Bourbon Country to kick off Mint Julep Month at Simon & the Whale in New York City. The exclusive party celebrated the iconic Southern cocktail with twists on the original julep from four spirits experts and toasted the efforts to support water sustainability by ditching plastic straws.

Special thanks to our bartenders:

Alex Negranza

Darlin Kulla

Jayce McConnell

Kristina Magro

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Simon & the Whale at Freehand New York hosts seventy G&G and Maker’s Mark VIPs and friends for an evening of juleps, live music, and light bites.

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The six julep spin-offs of the evening are: the Sparkleberry Mint Julep by Darlin Kulla, the Carthusian Julep by Jayce McConnell, the Bless Your Heart by Kristina Magro, Golden Gait Julep by Alex Negranza, Market Street Julep by Jeremy Salmon, and the Play with It or Put It Away by Rob Marcelo.

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From left: Expert bartenders Alex Negranza, Kristina Magro, Darlin Kulla, Jeremy Salmon, and Jayce McConnell.

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From left: G&G’s Christian Bryant with EVINS PR’s Drew Tybus.

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The Carthusian Julep, made with Maker’s Mark Cask Strength bourbon, mint leaves, green Chartreuse, pebble ice, mint sprigs, thyme, and Chartreuse powder, by Jayce McConnell of Edmund’s Oast in Charleston, South Carolina.

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The Moore & Giles team: Daryl Calfee, Elizabeth Stroud, and Adam Shurr.

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Custom leather Mint Julep Month menus from Moore & Giles list the event’s six cocktails.

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Clive Brown, Jr. and Tiffany Lo pose for a photo.

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From left: Louisville Tourism’s Stacey Yates, Maker’s Mark’s Rob Samuels, G&G ‘s Rebecca Darwin, and Louisville Tourism’s Cleo Battle.

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Maker’s Mark’s Alexa Amendolagine leads guests through a tasting of the Private Select bourbon made exclusively for Bravo’s Top Chef.

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Alex Negranza of Tongue-Cut Sparrow in Houston holds his cocktail, the Golden Gait Julep.

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CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin with Sara Salmon.

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