Kentucky Derby Tipples

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  • Updated: Jun 20, 2015
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  • Unaged corn Rye Whiskey
    Looking to spice up your Derby experience? Mix up this twist on the classic Julep, which calls for a healthy dose of moonshine. advisory board member and award-winning author David Wondrich created this tasty tipple in honor of Kentucky’s 220th anniversary of being a state.
  • Bourbon, orange curaçao, sweet vermouth, lemon juice
    The Man o' War cocktail is named for one of the most legendary racehorses of all time, who won numerous high-profile races in the years following WWI. The standard recipe calls for a full ounce of orange curaçao or triple sec (Grand Marnier is a good choice), but we felt that was a bit too sweet considering the rest of the ingredients and halved it.Like any …
  • Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine, Bitters
    Another close relative of the Manhattan, this satisfying cocktail isn’t complete without a dash of Bénédictine for a bit of herbal complexity. It, of course, also shares its name with the second leg of the Triple Crown, taking place this year on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.
  • Bourbon, Ginger ale
    This refreshing ginger ale-based drink dates back to the late 1800s and was originally a non-alcoholic thirst quencher. The dram of American whiskey was added later on, making this classic mixture what it is today. With only two ingredients, the sipper is an ideal Derby party cocktail. Credit:
  • Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur
    This classic equestrian tipple shares its name with the breed registry for all Thoroughbreds born in North America. It’s a delightfully rich variation on the traditional Manhattan, mixing bourbon and sweet vermouth with maraschino liqueur. This recipe comes from advisory board member and master distiller Allen Katz.
  • Bourbon, Raw sugar syrup
    No matter which horse wins, the real star of the Derby is this cocktail. In fact, more than 100,000 Mint Juleps are served during the two-day celebration at Churchill Downs itself. That’s understandable, since the refreshing mixture of bourbon, sugar and mint is the perfect thing for a hot, sunny afternoon!

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