Best Kentucky Derby Cocktails in 2020

By | February 25, 2020

You don’t need to be at Churchill Downs to appreciate the sweet taste of an appropriate mint julep, and you don’t need to taste a julep to toast the running of the roses. Regardless of whether you’re going for exemplary tastes or need to stir up your home bar alternatives, these are the plans your Derby Day party needs.

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep


2 oz Woodford Reserve

1 oz water

4 sprigs of crisp mint

1 tsp sugar

Squashed ice


In a copper julep cup rub 2 bits of new mint around the cup to communicate the oils. Include Woodford Reserve, at that point the water and sugar and mix with a bar spoon. Add squashed ice to the top at that point decorate with sprigs of mint.

Kentucky Gambler Punch


1 jug of Woodford Reserve

2 liters of crisp fermented tea

.5 cup sugar

15 lemons

15 sprigs of mint

1 enormous punch bowl


To start with, strip the lemons (maintaining a strategic distance from however much of the substance as could reasonably be expected). Spot the strips into the punch bowl with the sugar. Pick the leaves of 10 sprigs of mint and spot into the punch bowl with the lemon strip. Mix tea straightforwardly into punch bowl with lemon strip, sugar, mint and lemon squeeze and blend well. Juice the stripped lemon into the punch bowl. Permit blend to cool at that point include ice and whiskey. Serve decorated with mint.

A Rose for Emily


.25 oz lemon juice

.75 oz Plum Cordial

.25 oz Allspice Dram

.5 oz Cynar

1.5 oz Four Roses Yellow Label

Atomized salt water and palatable blossom


Assemble all fixings in a shaker tin, give a hard 12 shakes, twofold strain of squashed ice in a julep tin. Enhancement with 2 spritzes of salt water.

Cruzan Hats off Julep


2 oz Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum

.5 oz turbinado syrup*

Squeeze new mint leaves

3 blackberries

Ice, Crushed


Jumble mint and berries in a julep cup. Include rum and turbinado syrup and load up with squashed ice. Take a bunch of mint and wash with water, at that point sprinkle mint with powdered sugar and topping with 3 skewered blackberries.

*Turbinado Syrup — Combine 8 sections high temp water and 8 sections turbinado sugar. Mix until sugar is broken down. Refrigerate for as long as 30 days.

Brown Derby


2 oz Bulleit Rye

1 oz grapefruit juice

.5 oz nectar syrup


Shake it up and fill a martini glass, decorating with pink peppercorns.

Cucumber Julep


1.5 oz of Reyka Vodka

2 oz Fresh pressed cucumber juice

.5 oz lime juice

.5 oz straightforward syrup

6-8 mint leaves

Squashed ice


Mix fixings. Trimming with mint sprig and cucumber cut.

The Steeplechase


2 oz flor de caña rum

2 oz vanilla lemonade*

1 oz smoked honey**

4 huge leaves of basil


In an enormous glass, join rum, lemonade, nectar syrup, and basil. Top with ice and rapidly obfuscate to join. Fill highball and present with a lemon.

*Vanilla lemonade — Cut 6 lemons into equal parts and put in medium bowl. Include .5 cup sugar and 1 vanilla case + seeds. Top with high temp water and permit to douse. At the point when water has cooled yet is still warm to the touch, press out lemons and dispose of strips. Mix and chill.

Smoked nectar syrup — Combine 1 cup nectar and 1 cup water in a huge bowl. Spread firmly with plastic and smoke utilizing conclusive evidence. Permit to inject for 20 minutes. Chill and save.

Sweet Iced Tea


3 Quarts water; plus or minus

2 cups sugar or proportional sum substitute

4 Quart size tea packs


Carry water to a moving bubble, include sugar. (Mix to break up) Add 4 tea packs. Mix. Let sit 20 minutes. Empty up into gallon container or holder. Fill the rest with cool water. Enhancement with lemon or crisp mint. Serve in silver julep cup.

Angry Orchard Honey Crisp


6 oz. Furious Orchard® Unfiltered Hard Cider

1 oz. Clover and Wildflower Honey

1.5 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

2 Sprigs Rosemary

.5 Wheel Ruby Red Grapefruit

1 oz Vodka or Gin (discretionary)


In a blending glass include grapefruit juice and crude nectar. At that point mix to consolidate nectar. Next, strip one sprig Rosemary into blending glass. Spread with ice and shake. At long last, include Angry Orchard® Unfiltered Hard Cider. Strain over crisp ice. Trimming with rosemary sprig and half grapefruit wheel.

Angry Frosé Cider


5 oz. Irate Orchard Rosé Cider

1 oz. White Rum

.75 oz. Lime Juice

2.5 TBSP White Sugar

4 Strawberries

2 Cups Ice


Add all fixings to a blender and mix until smooth. Serve in a stones glass and topping with strawberry.

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