These signature drinks score a trifecta with us.
The SL Mint Julep and The Blush Lily
Recipe: Derby Julep
Its namesake may be the fastest two minutes in sports, but that doesn't mean this cocktail should be short-lived. Consider our derby julep a cocktail hour mainstay all year long.
Mint Julep Sweet Tea
Recipe: Mint Julep Sweet Tea
This iced cocktail features the best of two classic Southern drinks: the mint julep and sweet tea. For best results, sip in a rocking chair on a front porch somewhere.
Triple Crown Cocktails
The Derby isn't the only leg of the Triple Crown with a signature drink. Watch the horses run with a cocktail tailored for each event. You'll have an instant party as synonymous with Derby Day as distinctive hats.
Classic Mint Julep
Recipe: Classic Mint Julep
Mint juleps are the quintessential Southern cocktail. All you need for this classic version is fresh mint, mint simple syrup, and bourbon. Leftover simple syrup keeps refrigerated about one week and perfectly sweetens iced tea. See our tips and techniques for stirring up a mint julep.
Step-by-Step Video: Make a Classic Mint Julep
Recipe: Bourbon Smash
Add flair to your cocktail party with the Bourbon Smash: crushed ice and bourbon combined with the sweetness of raspberries and the fresh flavor of mint.
Black-eyed Susan Cocktails for Preakness
Recipe: Black-eyed Susan Cocktail
This cocktail’s name is taken from the flowers used to make the blanket that drapes the winning horse at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland. Made with orange and pineapple juice, vodka, light rum, and orange liqueur, it's a Plimlico winner in our book too.
Bourbon Cider Sour
Recipe: Bourbon Cider Sour
Looking for something impressive yet easy to mix up for your party? Simply stir together four ingredients: bourbon, apple cider, orange juice and sugar, then serve over ice. Garnish with thin apple slices for an elegant finish.
Reach for Long Island Iced Tea at Belmont Stakes
Recipe: Long Island Iced Tea
At the Belmont Stakes it’s Long Island Iced Tea. Serve this stiff drink in a martini glass to encourage sipping and get in the New York racing mood.
Slushy Whiskey Sours
Recipe: Slushy Whiskey Sours
Try a refreshing spin on a classic mixed drink featuring frozen orange juice, limeade and lemonade.
How to Muddle
You'll need to know how to “muddle," which means to crush or mash ingredients with a spoon to release flavor. A bar tool called a “muddler” can be used (its shape reminds us of a mini baseball bat) or use a wooden spoon.