It’s off to the races at Churchill Downs when the Kentucky Derby contenders take to the track on Saturday, May 7th. Whether or not this year’s race will end in an upset still remains to be seen, but here are eight sure bets to sip on as you watch “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.”
1. Cruzan® Hats Off Julep:
Directions: Muddle Mint and Berries in a julep cup. Add Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum and Turbinado Simple Syrup (recipe below) and fill with crushed ice. Take a hePy bouquet of Mint and rinse with water, then sprinkle Mint with powdered sugar for garnish with 3 speared Blackberries.
Combine 8 parts Hot Water and 8 parts Turbinado sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate. Will last for 30 days.
2. Saint Ambrose Cup: (Created by Jeff Bell, PDT)
Directions: Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.
3. Bacardi Citrus Party Punch:
Directions: Pour all ingredients into a serving glass filled with ice. Squeeze lime wedges into drink. Stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with an orange slice.
4. Basil Hayden’s Derby Day Julep: (Created by Joy Perrine, Louisville, KY)
Directions: Muddle brown sugar and water in pint glass until sugar dissolves. Add chopped strawberries, lemon wedges and mint leaves and muddle well. Add Basil Hayden’s and shake. Add ice and shake once again. Strain cocktail over crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig and strawberry.
5. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Mint Muddle: (Yield: 2 cocktails)
Directions: Place 1 cucumber slice, 2 blackberries and 4 mint leaves into two 8-10 oz glasses. Muddle using a pestle. Add ½ cup of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a handful of ice to each glass. Stir using a cocktail spoon for 10 seconds or until drink is cold. Top with ¼ cup of soda and continue stirring for 5 more seconds or until combined. Garnish with cucumbers, lemons, mint and seasonal fruit of choice.
6. Grey Goose Oaks Lily:
Directions: Fill glass slightly above rim with cubed ice. Pour ingredients in order listed to 1/2 inch from top of glass. Stir slowly and garnish with a fresh blackberry and slice of lemon.
7. Soltado Passion Punch: (Cassandra Rosen for Soltado)
Directions: Shake first three ingredients with ice, strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with soda and bitters, stir. Garnish with lime.
8. Banana on Banana Julep: (Created by Damian Windsor, Roger Room in Los Angeles, CA)
Directions: Combine all ingredients, stir and pour over crushed ice into a julep crush.