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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

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