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Try this Trifecta of Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby from the comfort of your home with a trio of delicious cocktails. This post is sponsored in collaboration Brown-Forman. All opinions are my own.

How are you celebrating the Kentucky Derby this year? If you’re planning to watch it at home, I want to show you a few ways to derby from the comfort of your abode. And of course, this includes a delicious line-up of cocktails too! So, put on your finest derby outfit, grab your fanciest hat, and saddle up because we’re sipping on these 3 mouth-watering mixed drinks for the celebration!

Old Forester Mint Julep

First up in the trio of cocktails, we have the Old Forester Mint Julep. This classic cocktail is labeled the official drink of this celebration and it’s made with just a few ingredients including Old Forester 86 Proof, some simple syrup, aromatic mint leaves all served over crushed ice and garnished with mint sprigs. This tipple is a refreshing blend of bold bourbon and fresh herbs and gives off the delicious aroma of mint when you sip. 

Old Forester Mint Julep

I love using Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey because it showcases a genuine bourbon tasting experience. Delivering rich, full flavors and a smooth finish that’s ideal for sipping neat, on the rocks, or in this Mint Julep! Pick up your bottle of Old Forester 86 Proof online here

Woodford Reserve Spire

Next up, we’ll be enjoying the Woodford Reserve Spire, the brand’s official Derby cocktail, using the Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This premium bourbon sports so much substance and style (especially in the Woodford Reserve Spire). This tipple is also made with just a few ingredients including Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, lemonade, cranberry juice served over crushed ice, and garnished with a lemon twist! It’s a beautifully balanced cocktail you’ll want to sip all season long.

Woodford Reserve Spire

Woodford Reserve aims to honor the best of the Kentucky Derby with their Straight Bourbon Whiskey which gives you a perfectly balanced taste with SO many flavor notes, from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes. You can purchase a bottle of this Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey online here or here!

Finlandia Oaks Lily

And Lastly, we’ll be sipping on the Finlandia Oaks Lily. No Derby party is complete without an Oaks Lily which includes the official vodka of the Kentucky Derby, and the Finlandia Oaks Lily is the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks which takes place on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby. This celebration kicks off the start of the Derby and guests are encouraged to wear pink for the occasion. So, it was only fitting for this cocktail to bear the same look. Made with Finlandia Classic Vodka, a zesty sweet and sour mix, triple sec, and tart cranberry juice for a refreshing libation you can sip on for the derby and all summer long!

Finlandia Oaks Lily

Finlandia Vodka is made with golden suomi barley and pure glacial spring water which gives the vodka a dry, light and smooth taste with a gentle aroma. Order your very own bottle of Finlandia Vodka here and start making some delicious derby drinks! 

Finlandia Oaks Lily

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Old Forester Mint Julep

Old Forester Mint Julep

Old Forester Mint Julep

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Yield: 1

Equipment

  • Mixing glass
  • Strainer
  • Muddler
  • Glass

Materials

  • 2 parts Old Forester 86 Proof
  • 0.75 part simple syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • crushed ice
  • 3 mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare your julep glass by packing it with crushed ice.
  • In a mixing glass, combine bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves.
  • Muddle mint leaves and strain into your prepared julep cup.
  • Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint.

Woodford Reserve Spire

Woodford Reserve Spire

Woodford Reserve Spire

Prep Time2 mins
Total Time9 mins
Yield: 1

Equipment

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Strainer
  • Glass

Materials

  • 1.5 parts Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 2 parts lemonade
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • crushed ice
  • lemon twist for garnish

Finlandia Oaks Lily

Finlandia Oaks Lily

Finlandia Oaks Lily

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Yield: 1

Equipment

  • Mixing glass
  • Strainer
  • Glass

Materials

  • part Finlandia Vodka
  • 1 part sweet and sour mix
  • ¼ part triple sec syrup
  • 3 parts cranberry juice

Instructions

  • In a mixing glass, add all the ingredients and stir.
  • Strain over crushed ice in your preferred glass.
  • Garnish with a blackberry and lemon wedge.

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