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