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Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: Thoroughbred

Does anything scream warm weather more than a day at the racetracks? Even though I've never had the privilege of attending the Kentucky Derby, I look forward to the horse race, as I've always seen it as something of a Southern rite of Spring.

The sun's out in full force, the air smells like horses and hay, and there's the buzzing energy of chatter throughout the stands.

I love visualizing my presence at Churchill Downs each year — usually in front of the television, a classic mint julep in hand. But I've discovered a totally different cocktail that's so delicious it's going to be my julep stand-in this time around.

With a generous pour of peach purée, a splash of soda, and a garnish of candied ginger, this refreshing drink is sure to be the belle of any Derby day ball.

Want to enjoy one? Then keep reading.



Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipe 2011-04-25 13:09:21


2 ounces bourbon
1-1/2 ounces peach puree
1 ounce lemon juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Splash of soda
Crushed ice
Slice of candied ginger, for garnish (optional)


  1. Pour ingredients one by one in a glass; add crushed ice and stir until outside of the glass is frosty.

Makes 1 drink.

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