The Kentucky Derby Drink Guide

Ladies, grab your big hats. Gentlemen, slip on your pastel seersucker suits. The road to the Triple Crown begins this Saturday with the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at storied Churchill Downs.

Photo (Some rights reserved) by WEBN-TV/flickr

Photo (Some rights reserved) by WEBN-TV/flickr

Whether you’ve got money on front-runner California Chrome or are pulling for a long-shot like Harry's Holiday, celebrate the Run for the Roses by throwing a Derby party brimming with tradition. From the pageantry of Millionaire’s Row to the festivity of the infield, Minibar can help you serve the perfect cocktail to make your party the odds on favorite!

The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby (Photo by Minibar Delivery)

The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby (Photo by Minibar Delivery)

Mint Julep

2 tsp sugar
2 oz water
Sprigs of fresh mint
crushed ice
2 oz Bourbon
Silver julep cups (optional)

Lightly muddle mint and sugar, add bourbon and fill glass with crushed ice. Stir until glass frosts. Garnish with mint sprig.

For those trying to emulate the Churchill Downs infield (Photo (Some rights reserved) by Pleuntje/flickr)

For those trying to emulate the Churchill Downs infield (Photo (Some rights reserved) by Pleuntje/flickr)

Sweet Bourbon Punch

2 cups ice tea (unsweetened)
1 cup sugar
1 12 oz can frozen OJ
1 12 oz can frozen limeade
1 750 ml bottle of Woodford Reserve
7 cups water

Mix all ingredients and chill. Makes 1 gallon.

For more cocktail ideas, check out the Kentucky Derby website.