The Derby isn't the only leg of the Triple Crown with a signature drink. Watch the horses run with a cocktail tailored for each event. You'll have an instant party as synonymous with Derby Day as distinctive hats.
The Kentucky Derby is one of the grandest sporting events in the South, and the mint julep is its calling card. The classic
mint julep is served in sterling cups, but if you don’t have enough for your party, use glass tumblers, which show off the
amber bourbon and muddled mint.
When making a Mint Julep or Basil Julep, use crushed ice, and pack into the cup tightly to keep the drink very cold, causing the cup to frost evenly. (Hold the cup at the rim while making to avoid fingerprints on the frosted cup.) To make crushed ice: Fill a 1-gal. heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag half full with ice; seal. Crush ice using a rolling pin or heavy skillet.
Add flair to your cocktail party with the Bourbon Smash: crushed ice and bourbon combined with the sweetness of raspberries
and the fresh flavor of mint.
This cocktail’s name is taken from the flowers used to make the blanket that drapes the winning horse at the Preakness in
Baltimore, Maryland. Made with orange and pineapple juice, vodka, light rum, and orange liqueur, it's a Plimlico winner in
our book too.
Looking for something impressive yet easy to mix up for your party? Simply stir together four ingredients: bourbon, apple
cider, orange juice and sugar, then serve over ice. Garnish with thin apple slices for an elegant finish.
At the Belmont Stakes it’s Long Island Iced Tea. Serve this stiff drink in a martini glass to encourage sipping and get in
the New York racing mood.
Try a refreshing spin on a classic mixed drink featuring frozen orange juice, limeade and lemonade.
You'll need to know how to “muddle," which means to crush or mash ingredients with a spoon to release flavor. A bar tool called
a “muddler” can be used (its shape reminds us of a mini baseball bat) or use a wooden spoon.