Live Drink: Kentucky Derby – 140th Edition

Derby is here! 1st off – I don’t know jack about horse racing. Although my good friend knows quite a bit and practically lived at our old track around here (RIP BayMeadows). However, I do know plenty about drinking and how fun that can be. It has been a long week, so it is great to have some events to focus on. For the Kentucky Derby, my twitter feed says it all:

So, to start, we had the Classic Mint Julep (well, 2 of them) while prepping for this event:

Drink the Classics

Drink the Classics

Classic Mint Julep (from Makers Mark):

  • 5-8 Mint leaves
  • 1oz Simple Syrup
  • 1.5oz Bourbon
  • Splash distilled water
  • Powdered Sugar

Muddle mint and syrup in Julep Glass. Add Bourbon and water. Stir and pour into glass filled with crushed ice. Dust with powdered sugar and mint leaf garnish.

Next up will be the Cherri Julep (tweeted by Stoli, and using Stoli and Cherry Brandy, as I do not have *gasp* that version)…..

And here it is!

Surprise! Vodka on Derby Day - watch out Bourbon!

Surprise! Vodka on Derby Day – watch out Bourbon!

This was a surprise of how good it was. Probably wouldn’t hurt to add 1/4oz of Kentucky Bourbon just to get it in there.

Cherri Julep:

  • 1oz Simple Syrup
  • 5-8 Mint leaves
  • .5oz Lime Juice
  • 1oz Vodka
  • .5oz Cherry Brandy

Muddle the syrup, lime juice (from fresh limes) and mint leaves in a shaker. Fill with ice, add alcohol and shake. Pour into ice filled glass. Cherry and Mint garnish. And moving on….. television isn’t doing the Kentucky Derby enough justice – they should be showing a lot more races. There are like 14 races from my understanding, so why not show more? Bring people into Horse Racing more. I would sure like it (and that isn’t all these Julep’s talking). Anywho – next on deck is the Waldorf-Astoria 1935 Bartender’s Book Mint Julep recipe. This one comes with practically no frills – Bourbon, water, sugar, and mint.

1935 Style

1935 Style

Waldorf-Astoria 1935:

  • 1oz Bourbon
  • half a spoon of sugar
  • 1oz Water (they say a “Pony”)
  • 3 mint leaves

In a mixing glass, muddle mint, sugar, and water. Add bourbon and stir. Pour into ice filled glass. Garnish with Mint sprig.       Stay tuned for more! And of course more is here! Time is flying! On deck now is the Pama Julep from Pama Liqueur (thanks to their twitter feed).

Pama-mania. Pretty strong drink for Pama

Pama-mania. Pretty strong drink for Pama

Pama Mint Julep:

  • 2oz Pama Liqueur
  • 2oz Bourbon
  • Mint leaves
  • 2 sugar cubes

Muddle all ingredients in mixing glass. Shake and pour into ice filled rocks glass. Mint garnish. Honestly not a big fan of this one due to the combo of flavors competing too hard. I think adding some POM juice would definitely make this drink better, and less of some of the alcohols. Big race is about to begin. Fitting one more in (totally not suggested AT all, but I made it, so have to drink it):

You might like it if you really like Tequila

You might like it if you really like Tequila

Tequila Julep:

  • 2oz Anejo Tequil
  • 10 mint leaves
  • .5oz Orange Curacao
  • 1oz Simple Syrup (or “Agave syrup” to stick with tequila)

Muddle mint and syrup in rocks glass. Add some crushed ice. Pour in curacao and top  with more ice and mint sprigs. Drink if you like, but this was not a winner in my book. Like an odd Margarita. Or a bad Mojito.     WOW what a win by California Chrome – just ghosted the whole field and made it look easy. But here at The Dirty Hour I promised 7 drinks, so 7 we will do. Next up is one that tastes ooh so good, and as the added benefit of having top shelf vodka (Belvedere in this case):

Belvedere style Julep

Belvedere style Julep

Belvedere Julep:

  • 2oz Belvedere Vodka
  • 10 mint leaves
  • .5oz Simple Syrup

Muddle Syrup and mint leaves in shaker. Add ice and Vodka. Shake and pour into chilled martini glass. Enjoy this baby, it is gold.       This is just a wicked day now. Pushing beyond my usual total of alcohol ingesting today, but who cares! Last drink: Prescription Julep from the olden times.

The twisted classic - "Elevated" with Cognac

The twisted classic – “Elevated” with Cognac

Prescription Julep:

  • 1.5oz Cognac
  • .5oz Bourbon
  • 10 mint leaves
  • .5oz Dark Simple Syrup
  • Splash Jamaican Rum

Muddle syrup and mint in mixing glass. Pour into Julep glass, and crushed ice to mid glass. Shake a bit. Add Bourbon and crushed ice. Shake a bit, splash of Jamaican Rum. Mint garnish.     And there you go. What a Derby. Congrats to California Chrome again for the win. Enjoy some California Love. –D

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