Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend
Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

When it comes to celebrating the Kentucky Derby, the drink of choice is the Mint Julep. The classic mixture of bourbon, mint, and sugar served with plenty of crushed ice is an American classic. It became the official cocktail after the fall of Prohibition. During this Derby weekend whether you are roaming the lively streets of Louisville, attending a viewing party or throwing your own dapper soiree, make sure to have a traditional julep as well as sip on a unique twist. We have listed 10 cocktails to imbibe while watching the race for the roses involving bourbon and alternative spirits to celebrate with friends. Now it’s off to the races!

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Thyme Julep

 by Frank Liotti (New York, NY)

Ingredients:

Method:

Muddle fresh thyme in a rocks glass. Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold. Fine strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a toasted thyme sprig.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

Knob Creek® Mint Julep

Ingredients:

Method:

Mix sprigs of mint with simple syrup and a splash of soda. Fill highball glass with fine crushed ice and pour in bourbon. Lift out and decorate with two mint leaves. Add powdered sugar over mint to add an optional frosted appearance.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

The Perfect Woodford Reserve Mint Julep 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve
  • 1 oz. Water
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • Crushed Ice
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Mint

Method:

Express the essential oils in the mint and rub them inside the glass or copper cup. To the same glass, add sugar, water, bourbon and crushed ice. Stir. Garnish with more crushed ice and fresh mint.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

Woodford Spire

Ingredients:

  • 5 parts Woodford Reserve
  • 2 parts Lemonade
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • Crushed Ice
  • Lemon peel for a lemon twist to garnish

Method:

  • In a glass, mix Woodford Reserve, lemonade and Cranberry juice with a bar spoon. Add liquid mixture into a copper cup, add crushed ice to the top of the glass & serve with a lemon twist.
Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

Proper Julep

Ingredients:

Method:

Lightly muddle ¾ of the mint leaves and sugar into cup. Add Proper No. Twelve Whiskey and crushed ice. Garnish with mint.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

Slow & Low Mint Julep

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz  Slow & Low Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup –  Preferably Demerara
  • 10 sprigs of mint (Reserve 1 sprig for garnish)
  • Crushed ice
  • Copper, steel or aluminum cup

Method:

Muddle whiskey and mint in a mix glass. Add 1 large cube of ice.  Next, stir but not so much as to dilute. Add liberal amounts of crushed ice to more than fill the tin cup. Fine strain contents of mix into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with 6 mint leaves.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

The Finlandia Oaks Lily

The Official Drink of the Kentucky Oaks

Ingredients:

Method:

Combine ingredients over crushed ice in an Official Oaks Lily souvenir glass. Garnish with a fresh blackberry and lemon peel.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

D’usse Mint Julep 

Ingredients:

Method:

Place simple syrup in a julepglass with 5 or 6 mint leaves and muddle. Fill the glass halfway with ice, add1½ parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac and stir. Add more ice and remaining D’USSÉ. Stir again until theglass is fully frosted. Top with ice and garnish with fresh mint.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

Sweet Victory

 by Nick Fogel, Beverage Director, The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer

Ingredients:

Directions for Lavender Syrup:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Water 
  • 2 cups White Sugar 
  • 3 Lemon Twists 
  • 3 tsp Loose Cooking Lavender 

Combine in a sauce pan and simmer for 10 min. Allow to cool then strain into a glass bottle.

Method:

Add all ingredients except for sparkling wine into a cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with lavender branch.

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Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day With Mint Juleps And More This Weekend

Nooku Julep

Ingredients:

Method:

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.  Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.  Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice.  Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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