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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.

Thoroughbred

From Jamie Boudreau via Imbibe

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

Ingredients

  1. 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)

Directions

  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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