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Mommy Mixologist: Derby Day

Celebrate derby day by downing one of these classic race-day cocktails.

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The Early Times Mint Julep

Kentucky Derby fans have toasted the winner of the race for almost a century with this refreshing drink.


2 cups sugar

2 cups water

Sprigs of fresh mint

Crushed ice

Early Times Kentucky Whisky

Silver julep cup or on-the-rocks glass


Make simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky whisky . Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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Oaks Lily

In 2006, the Kentucky Oaks (the race run on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby) received its own signature cocktail with the creation of the Oaks Lily. The drink’s pink color reflects the garland of stargazer lilies that is placed over the winning filly’s shoulders.


1 ounce vodka

1 ounce sweet-and-sour mix

3 ounces cranberry juice

Splash of triple sec


Mix ingredients, pour over crushed ice in a stemless wine glass. Add a straw and garnish with an orange wedge and cherry.



Photos: Heather Witherspoon