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Triple Crown Cocktails

Kentucky Derby

Mint Julep

4-6 mint leaves
Mint on springs for garnish
½ ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water brought to boil and cooled)
2 ½ ounces good quality bourbon
Crushed Ice as needed

Place bourbon, mint and simple syrup in a glass first. Add halfway with crushed ice and stir. I don’t mile to muddle like most recipes as this can bring out bitter notes from the mint. Stir mixture until glass is chilled and frosty. Top with more crushed ice. Place straw and garnish with mint. When adding the garnish I slap the mint in my hand which brings out that aroma and place next to straw so each sip you really pick up that mint flavor.

Want to switch it up? Have some fun making a flavored simple syrup. Here is an Orange Maple Mint Julep. Yum!

Orange Maple Syrup

1 cup maple syrup
Juice and Zest of one orange
1 tablespoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Bring all ingredients except vanilla to a boil. Take off the heat add vanilla and cool. Add to your favorite cocktails with bourbon or whisky.


Black Eyed Susan

1 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1 oz Peach Schnapps
1 oz Vodka
2 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Sour Mix
Orange Slices for Garnish
Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

1. Slice your oranges, and juice them if you are using fresh juice.
2. In a shaking glass add the bourbon, peach schnapps, vodka, orange juice, and sour mix.
3. Add ice, put the top on it, and shake for 10 seconds.
4. Pour this mixture in a chilled glass. Top off with ice, and garnish with a orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Belmont Stakes

Belmont Jewel

1 ½ ounces bourbon
2 ounces of lemon aid
1 ounce of pomegranate juice
Garnish as desired (lemon, cherry)

Place all Ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake until shaker is frosty. Pour in glass and garnish.

Want an even more refreshing variation? Try a Jewel Spritzer! I add an additional ounce of bourbon and top with seltzer or club soda.

Same as making a traditional Belmont Jewel but top with seltzer after you place the mixture cocktail shaker in the glass.