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
• 1.5 oz. Watermelon Juice
• .3 oz. Laphroig Tripple Wood
• .3 oz. Mint Syrup
• Club Soda
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
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:
Baby Bourbon Smash. (Courtesy Photo)
• 1 1/2 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon
• 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
• 2 fresh Lemon wedges
• A couple prigs of Fresh Mint
• Club Soda
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
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