8 Cocktails to Help You Get Your Derby On

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Even if you don't care at all about the Kentucky Derby.

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Maker's Whiskey Sour

Ingredients:

2 oz. Maker's Mark Bourbon

.75 oz. Sun Orchard Lemon Juice

.50 oz. Monin Sugar Cane (Simple Syrup)

Orange Slice & Cherry

Directions:

Pour all ingredients into shaker tin and add ice. Shake ingredients vigorously, then strain over fresh ice into 12 oz Highball glass. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Courtesy Tilted Kilt

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Mint Julep

Ingredients:

1.5 oz High West American Prairie Bourbon

4-5 mint leaves

0.5 oz simple syrup

crushed ice

Directions:

Muddle 4-5 mint leaves in 0.5 oz. simple syrup, add 1.5 oz. American Prairie Bourbon, fill a glass with crushed (or shaved) ice, stir garnish with fresh mint sprig. Enjoy!

Ten percent of after-tax profits of each bottle of American Prairie Bourbon go to the American Prairie Foundation, which benefits the American Prairie Reserve in Montanaβ€”a land tract the size of Connecticut restored to what Lewis and Clark would have seen upon their arrival.

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Apple Rye Old Fashion

Ingredients:

1 Β½ oz. Bulleit Rye Whiskey

Β½ oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple Whisky

1/8 oz. Monin Sugar Cane

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange Peel Garnish

Directions:

Pour ingredients into 14 oz Pint mixing glass and add ice. Stir for 20 to 25 seconds, then strain over fresh ice into rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Courtesy Tilted Kilt

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Saint Ambrose Cup

Ingredients:

.75 oz. Campari

2 oz. Tequila

.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

4 Cucumber slices (3 muddled, 1 for garnish)

Directions:

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.

Created by Jeff Bell, PDT

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Great Bambino

Ingredients:

4 Dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Dashes Scrappy's Orange Bitters

2 oz. Cinnamon Spiced Infused JP Wiser's Deluxe Rye Whisky

Directions:

Add all ingredients into mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 20 seconds. Now strain over fresh ice into double old fashion glass.

Courtesy of The Still at the Mirage Hotel & Casino

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Grey Goose Oaks Lily

Ingredients:

1 Part Grey Goose Vodka

1/2 Part Orange Liqueur

1/2 Part Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Parts Cranberry Juice

Directions:

Fill glass slightly above rim line with cubed ice. Pour ingredients in order listed to 1/2 inch from top of glass. Stir slowly and garnish with fresh blackberry and slice of lemon.

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NOLET's Silver Bulleit

Ingredients:

1 oz. NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin

1 oz. Bulleit Bourbon

1 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

Directions:

Muddle one slice of grapefruit in an Old Fashioned glass. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel.

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Stella Artois Cidre Twist

Ingredients:

1 Small Sugar Cube

2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

2 Dashes of Orange Bitters

1 Bottle Stella Artois Cidre

Directions:

Mix the ingredients together (besides the Cidre) in a champagne flute, and top with the Stella Artois Cidre. Lightly stir and garnish with a lemon twist.

Courtesy Joann Greenwood, Bar Manager at The Sage Rabbit in Lexington, KY

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