Are you in the process of planning a Kentucky Derby themed dinner party for your closest friends and family? Do you already have your menu locked down and ready to go? If not, you may want to take a cursory glance at a few of my Kentucky Derby themed cocktail suggestions. Here they are:
The Stirrup Cup is definitely one cocktail that you will want to consider serving to your guests. It is typically made by placing 2 ounces of cherry flavored brandy, 1 ounce of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar, and 1 ounce of regular brandy into a shaker half filled with ice. Once you are done shaking the ingredients around, pour the mixture into a chilled old fashioned glass. It may be enjoyed straight up or on the rocks. Great garnishes include a maraschino cherry and a frosted, lemon twist.
One of my favorite Kentucky Derby themed cocktails is the Jockey Club. It is also made with the aid of a shaker half filled with ice. In order to make the cocktail you’ll need 1.5 ounces of gin, ½ teaspoon of white crème de cacao, and a splash of freshly squeezed lime juice to brighten things up. I recommend pouring the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and adding a special garnish. Garnishes that I like to pair the drink with include a sprig of fresh mint and chocolate shavings.
Of course, you could also opt to serve a classic derby special instead. A Derby Special is usually made in a blender filled with ice. In order to whip up one of the drinks, you’ll need ½ ounce of Cointreau, ½ ounce of lime juice, 1 ounce of orange juice (no pulp), and 1.5 ounces of orange rum. Just blend the ingredients on high and then pour it into a chilled glass of your choice. Super garnishes include an orange twist, a lime twist, and edible nasturtium blossoms.
Mint Julep Punch
Lastly, you may want to consider serving a Mint Julep Punch. There are several different ways to make this, but the one that I am most familiar with is made by heating 1 cup of mint jelly into a sauce pan with 2 cups of water. That mixture eventually gets poured into a punch bowl along with ¼ cup of lime juice, 6 cups of pineapple juice, and 3.50 cups of Kentucky bourbon. Once those ingredients get mixed around, 6 cups of lemon lime soda are also added into the mix. The punch is then served on the rocks with a mint garnish.
Source: Personal Experience
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