Unique Drinks To Get You Ready For The Derby
The Kentucky Derby, or the greatest two minutes in sports, is symbolized by two main things: big, floppy hats and mint juleps. Every year, people flock to Churchill Downs in Kentucky, donning their most elaborate hats and party dresses and guzzle down factory loads of juleps. As tasty as these libations are, why not add some variety to your Derby drinks this year? These three cocktails are sweet, Southern and add some variety to your party or celebration!
You certainly can't watch the Derby without a mint julep, but that doesn't mean you have to stick to that same drink all day. Instead, switch it up with one of these other tasty Southern drinks that could become just as traditional to your Derby celebrations as the mint julep itself!
If you want all the deliciously minty taste of a regular mint julep but with a fruity twist, this is your cocktail! Made with a dash of brandy, gin instead of bourbon and maraschino juice, it's sweet, minty with an earthy, tangy aftertaste.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
Mint julep margarita
This year, you have more than just the Derby to celebrate on May 5 -- it's also Cinco de Mayo! Instead of drinking a julep and a margarita, why not mix them both together and celebrate the day with one delicious drink? This mint julep margarita tastes just like the mint julep you love, with a margarita taste and flair!
Recipe adapted from All Recipes
High tea cocktail
If there's one thing Southerners love, it's some sweet iced tea. This cocktail fuses delicious brewed sweet tea with lemon spiked rum for a zesty, sweet cocktail. This is a great cocktail to make a huge batch of and serve in a large pitcher or Mason jar. Trust me, it'll go quick, so double or triple the recipe!
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