Need Some Great Recipes for Your Derby Party (or anytime) ?
Here are a couple of great, easy drinks from Thirsty Jane!
Here’s some trivia — originally made with brandy. The true southern version is a Georgia Julep made with peach brandy. Sadly you can’t find peach brandy anymore, and bourbon has been the spirit of choice in a julep.
First, you should crush your ice. Put it between two kitchen towels and just bang the hell out of it with a mallet. Isn’t that a great way to start drink-making?
Second, add about a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of water to a glass. Use the cool silver Julep glasses if you have them, or just a tall highball glass is you don’t. Stir the sugar and water until it dissolves.
Third, add in 3 or 4 mint leaves and gently muddle. Controversy warning!!!! To leave or not to leave in the mint leaves….. I leave mine in.
Fourth, fill glass half-way with ice and stir.
Fifth, fill glass the rest of the way with ice and stir. Let it sit fir a wee bit to frost up the glass.
Finally, pour in however much bourbon you want. 1 1/2 to 3 ounces should do you. Add a big sprig of mint to the top and enjoy.
A classic of the classics. For people who don’t like whiskey. Alert!!! Do NOT, ever, use a sour mix!!!!!
Point of trivia ….. Thirsty Jane had a whiskey sour party to celebrate her 22nd birthday. Really. I don’t remember much of the party. Honestly.
First, shake vigorously 1 egg white in a shaker.
Second, add in ice, 2 ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon sugar.
Third, shake again and strain into a cocktail glass. The frothy top from the egg whites is impressive and the sugar and lemon cut the bourbon just right. Makes me feel 22 again.
There are several versions of cocktails with the name “Derby”. This one has the easiest ingredients and is another pleaser for women who eschew the dark spirit.
In a shaker with ice, combine 1 ounce bourbon, 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth, 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (I used Gran Marnier to feel fancy), 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Put your biggest fanciest hat on, pretend you own a race horse, and enjoy!
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