The official drink of the 2017 Kentucky Bourbon Festival, The Petal Pusher is a fresh lavender and grapefruit concoction that’ll have you thirsting for seconds and pushing for thirds. Originally created by Colleen McCarthy-Clarke for Martini’s Italian Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky, The Petal Pusher features Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon for its full-bodied flavor and smooth, mellow finish.


  • 2 oz. Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
  • ½ oz. Monin Lavender Syrup
  • ½ oz. Grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. Grapefruit soda
  • 10-12 Mint leaves
  • 2 Wedges ruby red grapefruit
  • 4-5 Dashes Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
  • Lavender stick and mint sprig for garnish 


In a cocktail shaker without ice, combine the bourbon, lavender syrup, grapefruit juice, ruby red grapefruit wedges, grapefruit bitters and mint leaves. Muddle everything thoroughly, and add ice. Shake to chill the liquid, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top it all off with a splash of grapefruit soda, and garnish with lavender stick and mint sprig.


Originally written by RootsRated for Visit Bardstown.