2010 Kentucky Derby- Churchill Downs Authentic Derby Cocktails – How to Make a Perfect Mint Julep Cocktail, Recipe

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A traditional Mint Julep is a sweetened, iced drink made using a bourbon and flavored with fresh mint. The Kentucky Derby would not be a complete event without a mint julep cocktail in hand.   Don’t worry if mint isn’t your flavor of choice, continue to read on for several  other authentic Kentucky Derby cocktail recipes that will also be served at Churchill Downs.  This year Maker’s Mark is the official bourbon of the Derby.  Choose your favorite Kentucky bourbon to make these favorite cocktails and enjoy responsibly.

At the end of the article for the die harts that want a truly southern experience there are also recipes for a mint cordial!

This julep recipe infuses fresh mint in sugar for refreshing color and great flavor.

Mint Julep

Ingredients (serving size 1 glass or silver mint julep cup)

1 tbsp superfine sugar
7-10 fresh mint leaves
mint sprigs, for garnish
crushed ice
1 tbsp hot water
3 tbsp bourbon
Put sugar in a bar glass or mortar.  Tear mint leaves (only) into small pieces and add to sugar.  Bruise the mint leaves with a pestle or muddle.  Add hot water and grind well.  Spoon mixture into a highball glass and half fill glass with crushed ice.  Add bourbon.  Stir mixture until the outside of the glass or silver mint julep cup frosts.  Allow drink to stand for a few minutes until the ice melts slightly.  Add mint sprig as garnish. 


If you or your guests prefer a fruity  Kentucky bourbon cocktail with a kick try the Grenoble.


Ingredients (serving size 1 cocktail)

6 tsp bourbon
2 tsp creme de framboise
2 tsp Cointreau 1 1/2 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp orgeat syrup (or almond syrup)
half slice of orange and a raspberry, for garnish
Pour all ingredients (excluding garnish) into a shaker with ice.  Shake quick and hard and strain into a cocktail glass.  Put orange slice and raspberry on a cocktail stick as garnish. 


Kentucky is the state and a hint of apricot kernels is a part of the appealing flavor.  Try the Kentucky Kernel.

Kentucky Kernel

Ingredients (serving size 1 cocktail)

6 tsp bourbon
2 tsp apricot brandy
1 1/2 tbsp grapefruit juice
1 tsp grenadine
Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.  Pour drink AND ice into a rocks glass.


Last but not least is the Kentucky Cocktail.  This drink is easy to make and the pineapple juice is easy on the palate.

Kentucky Cocktail

Ingredients (serves 1 cocktail)

3/4 oz. pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
pineapple chunk and cherry, for garnish
Put pineapple juice and bourbon in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a cocktail  glass less than half filled with ice. 


Popular Fresh Mint Cordial  (please allow 1 to 2 weeks to make)


Essence of peppermint or extract (not artificial)
1 quart vodka
Extra fine sugar
3-5 whole black peppercorns (optional)
Take a the quart of vodka and put into a half-gallon glass jar.  Add oil of peppermint (about 1/2 oz) to taste.  Add sugar to taste.  Whole black peppercorns can be added to sharpen flavor (optional).Shake the bottle well every day for one to two weeks.   Allow mixture to rest for two days.  If oil globules form at the top, remove them with tissue or paper towel. 

If you choose to fresh mint instead of peppermint extract (please allow two to three weeks to make) then:

2+ cups fresh mint leaves and stems
Extra fine sugar
1 quart vodka
3-5 whole black peppercorns (optional)
Take quart of vodka and put into a half-gallon glass jar.  Take fresh mint leaves and stems and crush as you add them to the vodka. Whole black peppercorns may be added to sharpen the flavor (optional).  Close glass jar with lid and allow to stand in a dark place for two to three weeks.  Strain vodka from mint leaves and stems.  Add sugar to taste and allow to sit for one or two more days. 






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