Whether you are partying at Churchill Downs, at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, or at home we suggest you make these Bourbon cocktails part of your Derby watching experience:
Classic Mint Julep
adapted from Dale DeGroff
2 1/2 oz Old Forester bonded bourbon
3/4 oz simple syrup
2 springs of mint
Tools: Mixing glass, silver julep cup, jigger, bar spoon
Gently bruise 1 mint sprig using a muddler with syrup in a mixing glass. Add bourbon but do not mix. Strain into a frosted silver julep cup or highball glass over crushed ice. Then stir the mixture gently. Top off with more crushed ice and garnish with remaining mint sprig. Insert sterling silver straw.
2 oz Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon
3/4 oz Benedictine
Tools: Old Fashioned glass, jigger, bar glass, bar spoon, swiss peeler
Combine alcohol in mixing glass, add ice, and stir for 20 seconds. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with lemon twist.
1 oz Elijah Craig 12 years aged Bourbon
1/2 oz Cointreau
7 dashes of Angostura bitters
7 dashes of Peychauds bitters
5 oz of dry Champagne
Tools: Champagne flute, jigger, swiss peeler
Combine ingredients in a champagne flute and top with chilled Champagne, stir lightly and garnish with orange twist.
We will be catching the Kentucky Derby live at The Rum House (228 W47th Street) at the Edison Hotel off of Times Square in New York City. Race begins at 6:04pm sharp!