Saturday May 7, 2016 is Kentucky Derby Day. All eyes will be focused on the mile and a quarter dirt track at Churchill Downs for the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” The is the 142nd anniversary of the “Run for the Roses.” Post time is 6:34 EST and will be covered live on NBC. The Kentucky Derby is also the first leg in the race for the Triple Crown, one of the hardest achievements to attain in sports. Last year American Pharaoh did go all the way and take the Triple Crown, the first awarded since Affirmed to the award in 1978.
In addition to horse racing, the Kentucky Derby is also the day for women to don big fancy hats and to sip on Mint Juleps, made with Kentucky Bourbon of course. Drambuie has come up with their own cocktails featuring ice tea made using unique flavored teas. The cocktails will surely keep you cool while watching the hot action on the track.
.75 parts Drambuie
.75 parts Hendrick’s Gin
2 parts Darjeeling tea, (cooled)
.5 part Rose Simple Syrup
2 dashes Peach Bitters
1 parts Sparkling Water
Combine Drambuie, Gin, and Simple Syrup in a mixing glass filled 3/4 with ice. Stir for 30 seconds to combine. Pour into an Old Fashioned glasses with one large ice cube. Add 2 dashes of the bitters into each glass. Further sweeten with rose simple syrup to taste. Stir again. Finish with Sparkling water in each glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
Iced Green Tea
1.5 parts Drambuie
1 Spicy Ginger teabag
3 parts Cucumber Juice
.5 parts Lemon Juice
Sweeten further to taste
Infuse one tea bag in up to 1/2 cup of Drambuie for 1 hour. Remove bag squeezing out excess. Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake. Double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
1.5 parts Drambuie
2 parts Numi Honeybush tea, (cooled)
2 parts Fresh Pear Juice
Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake. Double strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a speared brandied cherry.