Saturday, May 1, 2010

Derby Day Cocktail Recipes

Today is the big day! Enjoy the Run For The Roses with the traditional Mint Julep or the girlier "Oaks Lily" drink.

Official Mint Julep
2 fluid ounces Early Times® Kentucky Whisky
1 tablespoon simple syrup
Mint sprigs
Crushed ice

Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bunch fresh mint sprigs

Crush a few mint leaves in the bottom of an 8-oz. glass, then fill with crushed ice. Add one tablespoon of simple syrup and one tablespoon of water. Add 2 ounces of Early Times. Stir gently until glass frosts. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, sip and enjoy. Hint: I like to add a bit more syrup to mine and maybe a splash of tonic or soda to take the kick out!

Simple syrup directions: Combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Pour mix over a handful of mint leaves, and gently crush the mint with a spoon. Refrigerate overnight in a closed jar. Remove mint leaves, but continue to refrigerate. Stays fresh for several weeks.

Finlandia Oaks Lily
1 oz. Finlandia Vodka
1 oz. sweet & sour mix
3 oz. cranberry juice
Splash of triple sec
Serve over crushed ice with an orange and cherry garnish!

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