Log In   ·   Become A Member

What To Drink During The Kentucky Derby If You’re Not At Churchill Downs

Nicole Barylski

Recibido Julep. (Courtesy Photo)

As you watch The Kentucky Derby - A.K.A. "the most exciting two minutes in sports" - action unfold, it's pretty much customary to sip on a mint julep, so here are a few cocktails that were inspired by the traditional Southern drink.

Recibido Julep: (Created by Kenneth Vanhooser, Principal Bartender at Piora)

Slow & Low Julep. (Courtesy Photo)

 • 1.75 oz. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
 • 1.5 oz. Watermelon Juice
 • .3 oz. Laphroig Tripple Wood
 • .3 oz. Mint Syrup
 • Club Soda

Directions: Combine Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, watermelon juice, Laphroig Tripple Wood, and mint syrup with ice in a shaker and mix. Top with club soda over crushed ice.

Slow & Low Julep:

 • 3 oz. Slow & Low Rye Whiskey
 • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup, Preferably Demerara
 • 11 Mint mint (1 sprig for garnish)
 • Crushed ice

Directions: Muddle whiskey and mint in a mix glass. Add 1 large cube of ice. Stir, but not so much as to dilute - a bakers dozen revolutions. 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 six mint leaves.

Baby Bourbon Smash. (Courtesy Photo)

Baby Bourbon Smash:

 • 1 1/2 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon
 • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
 • 2 fresh Lemon wedges
 • A couple prigs of Fresh Mint
 • Club Soda

Directions: Muddle lemons, 4-6 mint leaves, and simple syrup in the bottom of an Old Fashioned/rocks glass. Add cracked ice, Hudson Baby Bourbon, and top with splash of club soda. Stir briefly to combine and garnish with a mint sprig.

Champagne Mint Julep:

 • 2 parts Maker's Mark® Bourbon
 • 2 parts Sparkling White Wine
 • 1/2 parts Elderflower Liqueur
 • Lemon twist, for garnish
 • Mint, for garnish

Directions: Mix together Maker's Mark® Bourbon, sparkling white wine, elderflower liqueur. Muddle with mint. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with lemon twist.

Champagne Mint Julep. (Courtesy Photo)

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is a firetruck?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
D+J Concepts is known for a high-end cutting edge approach to design.
D+J Concepts is known for a high-end cutting edge approach to design with a balance between functionality and imagination. We skillfully and tastefully transform ordinary spaces into classic modern styles, which are understated, and luxe. We’re known for our modern transitional style incorporating antiques and modern elements for an unexpected edge.