Kentucky Margarita – Cinco de Mayo Bourbon Bonus!

Kentucky Margarita

Kentucky Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Well, its no surprise that we eventually ran out of tequila after making upall those delicious Margaritas. Well it turned out that we still had plenty of Jim Beam Bourbon left from Saturdays Derby Day Mint Juleps. A quick click to the Jim Beam website and we found several drink recipes. We decided that the Kentucky Margarita was a natural choice to finish of the day. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
  • splash triple sec
  • splash sour mix
  • lime wedge

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with the wedge of lime and then turn the glass upside down in a small plate with a sprinkling of coarse salt. Combine 3 oz of Jim beam Bourbon and a splash of Triple Sec in a cocktail shake with several ice cubes. Shake and then strain into the martini glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

Welcome to Derby Day 2 – The Gran Derby

Gran Derby

Gran Derby Cocktail

Just as we were starting to relax around here with our Mint Juleps, one of our intrepid Madtini interns found this drink recipe on the Interwebs. Seems the gang over at Cocktail Times had posted a delicious looking drink recipe dubbed the Gran Derby, and since it appeared we had just enough Grand Marnier left in inventory, we felt we could substitute that for the GranGala listed in the recipe.

Still two hours to post time for the Derby… cheers!

Recipe

Ingredients

2 oz bourbon
1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed of course)
1/2 oz Orange juice (ditto on the freshly squeezed)

Preparation

Moisten the rim of the martini glass with a lice of lemon. Dip the rim in a small plate covered in superfine sugar to create a frosted rim. Combine the bourbon, grand marnier, lemon and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.

Welcome to Derby Day – The Madtini Mint Julep

Madtini Mint Julep

Madtini Mint Julep

Its Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs in Louisville and the horses will soon be at the gate to race for the first jewel in the Triple Crown. There’s still time to make yourself a Mint Julep, the iconic Kentucky Derby cocktail. This potent cocktail became the signature drink for the Derby in 1938 when the drink was served in souvenir glasses for 75 cents a piece. Today its said that the Kentucky Derby serves more than 80,000 of these drinks over the two days of the event.

The Mint Julep first appeared as a ‘wake-up and get at ‘em’ drink for the farmers going in agricultural regions on the east coast. I can’t imagine downing one of these cocktails and being very productive, but folks were made of heartier stock back then I assume.

Cheers from the Madtini Intoxicology Team… we’re off to buy some fancy hats and place our bets.

Recipe
Ingredients

  • 3 oz Kentucky Bourbon
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • tablespoon of quick dissolving sugar

Preparation
Rub the surfaces of five mint leaves and place them in the bottom of a glass. Add a teaspoon of sugar and warm water. Stir the ingredients. Add 3 oz of bourbon and fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint leaves.