SIP SIP HOORAY: Kentucky Derby Inspired Cocktails

With Spring officially sprung and lockdown level 2 seeing the alcohol ban being lifted, we figured it was fitting to provide a refreshing Cocktail recipe for those sunny South African weekends (…with an equestrian twist of course).

The Kentucky Derby takes place in May every year, but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic it now takes place on the 5th of September at Churchill Downs Racetrack. On race day, Churchill Downs serves up 120,000 Mint Juleps and 40,000 of the lesser-known Oaks Lily cocktails… so grab your shaker and some ice and let Derby-fever begin!



3 Mint Leaves

1 Tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup

Crushed Ice

3 Tablespoons Bourbon

2 Tablespoons Club Soda

1. Place mint leaves and Mint Simple Syrup in a chilled glass

2. Muddle leaves to release flavours

3. Pack glass with crushed ice

4. Pour Bourbon over ice and top with club soda




Crushed Ice

6 Tablespoons Cranberry Juice

3 Tablespoons Vodka

2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

Splash of Triple Sec

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice

2. Add Cranberry juice, vodka, fresh lime juice and a splash of Triple Sec

3. Cover with lid and shake vigorously until chilled

4. Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed Ice

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