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Derby drinks: Mint Julep and more

Posted May 1

White Carnation from Washington Duke Inn

— The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is the place to be this Saturday to watch the Kentucky Derby. It is one of several Derby parties going on in the area. 

If you want to have your own Kentucky Derby get-together, we have a few drink recipes perfect for the big race. 

Washington Duke Inn's Executive Chef Jason Cunningham and the crew shared these three with us: 


Mint Julep
The official drink of the Churchill Downs. 

1-1/2 oz. Maker's Mark
1 oz. Simple syrup 
1 oz. seltzer 

Combine bourbon and syrup in ice shaker, shake vigorously, pour over ice, top with seltzer, garnish with sprig of mint

Black-Eyed Susan
The official drink of The Preakness since the 1950s in various incarnations. This is the most current recipe.

1-1/2 oz. vodka 
1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1/2 oz. blackberry brandy 
2 lemon wedges

Combine ingredients in an ice shaker, strain into a martini glass, garnish with a floating lemon wheel.

 White Carnation 

The original cocktail of the Belmont Stakes.

1-1/2 oz. vodka 
3/4 oz. peach schnapps 
1/2 oz. half and half 
1/2 oz. orange juice 

Combine ingredients in an ice shaker, shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange peel. 


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