The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for today, May 1, in Louisville, Kentucky, so there’s no time like the present to celebrate with a triple crown of bourbon cocktails!
2.5 oz Old Forester Bourbon
0.5 oz simple syrup (50:50 water and sugar)
2-3 mint sprigs
Muddle the mint and simple syrup in the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add whiskey. Pack more crushed ice on top and garnish with a bouquet of mint.
Combine the bourbon, nectar, iced tea and bitters in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, for about 30 seconds. Strain into a fresh cocktail glass over ice and garnish as desired.
1.5 oz Michter’s Bourbon
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
0.5 oz honey syrup
Grapefruit twist, for garnish
Mix the bourbon, grapefruit juice and honey syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish as desired.