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Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 | 4 comments

Sarah’s Kentucky Room and Bourbon Collection

Sarah’s Kentucky Room and Bourbon Collection

This post is part of a series of stories about collections — the treasures we gather in our homes, display for our guests, and that bring us joy. If you have a collection to share, contact diydelray[at]

Born and raised in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and highly proud of it, Sarah has devoted a room in her Del Ray house to her Kentucky heritage.


The wall colors are “Keeneland green” based on the Lexington, Kentucky thoroughbred racetrack and sales company, Keeneland, where Sarah and her husband Phil’s wedding reception took place. If you’re from Lexington, the color “Keeneland green” immediately conjures the exact deep-green hue. Sarah and Phil hung a Keeeneland print over the fireplace that they used as a “guest book” at their wedding.


The horse-racing theme plays out in other decorative details throughout the room.




A closer look will also reveal Sarah’s prized collection of Kentucky bourbon. Many bottles of this particular distilled spirit are collectors items that she saves in sealed bottles. Others she enjoys with her husband and friends, especially the Maker’s Mark bourbon.




The prominence of Maker’s Mark in Sarah’s collection makes sense considering her status as a Maker’s Mark Ambassador.

Maker’s Mark may be the only bourbon producer still making their product by hand. Since they also make small batches in a small quantity of barrels (about 19 per batch), they can offer their Ambassadors the privilege of following “their own batch” through the entire process of production.

When the barrel has matured, the Ambassadors get to go to the distillery and buy “their” bottles of the bourbon. Of course, she also gets a lot of swag bearing the classic Maker’s Mark hand-dipped look.



Sarah also showed us her collection of engraved silver mint julep cups passed down from her father. She and Phil like to give a set of engraved cups from King’s Jewelry Shop in Old Town as wedding gifts, along with a bottle of Maker’s Mark dedicated to the couple.


Sarah and Phil have also started adding other small batch bourbons to their collection. Bourbon tastings are always possible at the Savarie house! From their collection, they may serve: Four Roses, Blantons, Woodford Reserve, Basil Hayden’s, Old Granddad, Wild Turkey, Knob Creek, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Jim Beam, Bookers. And of course, the King of their household, Maker’s Mark.


They even cook with bourbon to create yummy Kentucky appetizers and offer this recipe for you to try at home.

Bourbon Hot Dogs

  • 2 packages of hot dogs cut into 5 pieces each
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup bourbon

Mix ketchup, brown sugar, and bourbon then put in a slow cooker. Add hot dogs and stir till they are covered. Cook on low for about 6 hours or until a rich bourbon barbecue sauce is created. You may want to cook them a little longer if they still have a ketchupy taste.

Note: You should stir them periodically. If the sauce cooks off, add a little more of the ketchup, brown sugar and bourbon in a 2:1:1 ratio.

Serve in a chafing dish with toothpicks. Yum!

This isn’t our first visit to Sarah and Phil’s home. We wrote about Sarah’s business P.S. Cakes and personalized cake-making events for children back in November.


  1. Be still my heart. I don’t have Kentucky roots, but my love for bourbon runs deep (great photos, btw!). And especially Maker’s Mark, since Mr. S&C and I had the honor of visiting that distillery years ago.

  2. Another fine reason why her husband should hug her every day. He married WAY up. :)

  3. Can you tell me the exact paint you used for Keeneland green? Am from Lexington and been looking for it. Many thanks.

    • I’ll ask Sarah and see what she can tell you.

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