Derby Drinks: Get Lubricated

It’s the first day of May!  That means the first weekend in May is fast approaching…which means it’s Kentucky Derby time!    If you’re planning to celebrate, we have your guide to sassy derby drinks.  Enjoy…and of course, be sure to plan a designated derby driver.

 

Mint Julep

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The classic southern drink for genteel women.  It features mint, sugar, and bourbon.  All the good things in life!  FoodNetwork.com gives a detailed recipe, which involves making a mint extract from the leaves.  Definitely sounds like an involved process, but if you want to be an authentic Kentucky Derby participant, the mint julep is as necessary as the horses.

 

Hurricane

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A true Louisiana  refreshment: the Hurricane.  According to the good folks at DrinksMixer.com, a hurricane combines vodka, grenadine, gin, light rum, strong rum, amaretto liquer, triple sec, pineapple juice, and grapefruit juice.  Holy.  Hangover.  We recommend proceeding with caution on such a drink…and perhaps limit yourself to one.  Or make sure your derby hat is nearby while indulging in your beverage:

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Lemonade & Vodka

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I have no proof that they drink these at the Kentucky Derby, but lemonade seems southern (didn’t Scarlet O’Hara invite Rhett Butler in for some lemonade at Tara?) and the addition of vodka is just plain good sense.  Use a high quality lemonade (no Country Time powder) like Simply Lemonade, and mix with a decent, but not top-shelf vodka (sugar and lemon hides a multitude of sins), like Sky.  Our friends at thebar.com suggest a 2:1 lemonade vodka ratio.   Serve over ice and watch the horsies go.

 

Iced Tea

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For those teetotalers out there, how about iced tea?  You can use any type of tea you want; my favorites are basic earl grey or a fruit-flavored tea like peach.  The key with iced tea is that you use twice as many tea bags to water as you would for hot tea.  For a mug of hot tea, which is about 8 ounces, you use one tea bag, so for a glass of iced tea, also about 8 ounces, you use two tea bags.  Heat water until boiling (in my microwave, that’s about two minutes for 8 ounces), then steep tea bags for 5-15 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea.  Ring out tea bag into glass and then pitch.  Add four or five cubes of ice and enjoy!

 

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