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May 4, 2011

Mommy mixologist: Make a winner of a Derby day drink

We are lovers of all things horse racing, and the Kentucky Derby is a huge event in our house. One problem: Although I love to drink, I’ve never liked the taste of mint juleps. This year, I decided to get creative with some race-day cocktails that will take our party from start to finish in tasty fashion.

Mint julep martini
Makes one drink

Leave tradition in the dust and try this twist on the Derby classic.

1 ounce Maker’s Mark whiskey
1 ounce orange liqueur
1/2 ounce green creme de menthe
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
12 mint leaves
Crushed ice

Muddle the mint leaves with simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add all other ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a mint.

Run for the Roses
Makes one drink

The fillies in the pack won’t stay thirsty for long with this sweet but tangy sparkler.

2 ounces St-Germain elderflower liqueur
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce Rose’s grenadine syrup
Edible rose petals

Pour first three ingredients in champagne glass. Top with prosecco. Garnish with rose petals.

Derby Daze
Makes one drink
This concoction is extremely smooth and tasty, but pace yourself or you will end up watching the race from the floor.

2 ounces Maker’s Mark whiskey
2 ounces orange-flavored vodka
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
2 ounces orange juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Dash of orange bitters

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

Mix racing tips: My picks for the Derby are Dialed In and Archarcharch, and my long-shot favorite is Stay Thirsty. (How could I not choose this one?)

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