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Drinks for the Derby

According to our research, the fastest Derby time ever recorded is 1 minute and 59 seconds. So, to add a little spice to the ceremonies, we put together a bunch of Derby-appropriate cocktails that you can make in under 2 minutes. Are we saying you challenge your friends and/or any nearby horses to do exactly that? Yes, yes we are. 

Put on your biggest hat and try these Derby drinks

  • Old Forester Mint Julep

    Would it really be the Derby without a mint julep? You'll need 2 parts Old Forester 86 Proof, 0.75 parts simple syrup, 8-10 mint leafs, 3 mint sprigs for garnish. Pack mint julep cup with crushed ice. In a mixing glass, combine bourbon, syrup, and mint leaves. Lightly bruise mint leaves with a muddler, strain contents into julep cup. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint. *Make sure to slap mint and insert a straw into the ice near mint.
  • Woodford Reserve Spire

    You'll need 1.5 parts Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 2 parts lemonade, 1 part cranberry juice. Add ingredients to mixing glass and stir. Pour over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Finlandia Oaks Lily

    You'll need 1 part Finlandia Vodka 1 part sweet & sour mix, 0.25 parts triple sec, 3 parts Cranberry Juice. Add ingredients to mixing glass and stir. Pour over crushed ice. Garnish with a blackberry and lemon wedge.