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Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with these 3 classic cocktails

It’s the Kentucky Derby this weekend, folks, and while the mint julep has been associated with Churchill Downs since 1938, there are a couple of other legendary drinks that were created in the Bluegrass State that should never be overlooked, on this day or any other.

If you happen to have a bottle of bourbon or rye gathering dust at your place (shame on you), then now is the time to break it out and get mixing. Here are a few recipes and tips on how to make them like a pro.

The Mint Julep

Ironically, the first Saturday in May is a sad day for the mint julep at Churchill Downs, even though they sell well over 120, 000 of them. Sure, people drink them like water on Kentucky’s biggest day of the year. But truth be told — and I can speak from firsthand experience here — the juleps served up at the Derby are a sweet, watery mess. In fact, no one in Kentucky really drinks juleps at all, except on Derby Day.

The good news, however, is that you can easily make a great one yourself in the comfort of your home. All you need is a good quality, high-proof bourbon, some sugar, the freshest, most spritely mint you can find, and some crushed ice. It absolutely must be crushed ice. The drink may taste strong and sweet at first, but after only a few minutes, the ice will dilute and soften the drink and it will transform into a sublime and ambrosial mix that will be about as refreshing (and Southern) as you’ll find anywhere. Just remember to sip slowly — it’s a long day you have ahead of you.

Click for the Mint Julep recipe.


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


The Best Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The first Saturday of every May is reserved for a 145-year-old tradition: the running of the Kentucky Derby. Men suit up in seersucker, women cap themselves in fascinators, and they all hold Mint Juleps in-hand. Like the outfits, certain cocktails are markedly more elaborate than others. Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the race, has made a splash over the past decade, offering specialty Juleps at the event for upwards of a $1000 a pop. What goes into such a high-priced tipple? Let's take a look.

This year's $1K Mint Julep contains 2oz. of Woodford Reserve straight bourbon and locally sourced honey sweetener, garnished with fresh mint and a honeycomb. Nothing too out of the ordinary in that recipe. The drink's serving vessel is what truly sets it apart: a silver cup, with the famous spires of Churchill Downs etched into its metallic exterior. If that isn't fancy enough for you, there's a $2500 variation poured into an actual golden cup.

All of this opulence is for a good cause. The proceeds from the cups will go to the John Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University, in honor of the Louisville native who worked at Churchill Downs racetrack for more than twenty years.

The Kentucky Derby airs Saturday, May 4th at 2:30PM ET on NBC. And if you're celebrating at home, there are a number of ways to impress guests with a standout drink preparation. It might even lead to a photo finish. Spice things up with these riffs that move the cocktail into an entirely unexpected direction.

Tequila fans can consider the Cinco De Derby.

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a rocks glass over ice.Top with G.H. Mumm and garnish with fresh mint, lime, and fresh grated cinnamon.

Gin drinkers will fancy Mint Tulip, created by Hendrick's Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
  • .5 oz Ancho Verde
  • .5 oz pineapple syrup
  • .25 oz honey
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of Bitterman's Tiki Bitters
  • Add ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a teacup filled with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Scotch drinkers, will want to sip on The Glenrothes Julep.

  • 2 oz The Glenrothes 12 Year Old
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish)
  • In an Old Fashioned glass- muddle the mint, sugar and water. Add Glenrothes 12 Year Old. Stir to combine. Fill remainder of glass with pebbled ice until a mound of ice forms. Garnish with additional mint.

Want to aim more in the aperitif direction? Take a cue from chef Bobby Flay and stir up this large format preparation for his Blood Orange Campari Mimosas (serves 4).


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