The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. It’s a fine looking drink if made properly, the crushed ice frosting the silver cup. But, here’s the deal, I don’t like it. I’ll drink it, of course, especially on Derby Day. And I own a sweet set of julep cups. But it’s not one of those drinks I ever make just to quench my thirst. Like I’ve said many times before, cocktails are too important to drink something you don’t like. I don’t care how famous the drink or the bartender, if you don’t like it, do not drink it. So, here are two drinks I have made for fun and do like to drink, and they have enough connection to the Derby to give you credibility.
p.s. For anyone who wonders what happens to the photo drinks….hello! I am THIRSTY Jane! Cheers.
This is the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks, which is the race run the day before the Derby. If you are going to the Oaks, make sure you get yourself a fascinating fascinator! The Middleton sisters might have a few tips.
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce sweet and sour mix
splash triple sec
3 ounces cranberry juice
Mix and serve over ice in a stemless wine glass. Garnish with lemon and fresh berries.
Although nothing to do with the Derby race, the fact that it has the name “derby” is enough for this Thirsty Jane. And, it’s really good.
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce grapefruit juice (please, I beg you, squeeze it fresh)
1/2 ounce honey
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.