With one of the most entertaining drinking weeks coming up, I’m going to be posting a number of cocktails over the next few days to celebrate both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. We’re starting off with a Rye take on the classic Derby drink, the Mint Julep.
- 3 oz of Slow & Low Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz of Simple Syrup, Preferably Demerara
Lots of mint—10 springs mint (Reserve 1 sprig for garnish)
Copper, steel or aluminum cup
Method: Muddle whiskey and mint in a mix glass.Add 1 large cube of ice. Stir, but not so much as to dilute – a bakers dozen revolutions. Add liberal amounts of crushed ice to more than fill the tin cup.Fine strain contents of mix into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish w 6 mint leaves.
So it’s not only National Beer Day, but it’s also National Tartan Day. To celebrate, you, naturally, need to drink Scotch. Like, right now. Here’s a cocktail option for you to celebrate and get your night started right—drunkenly.
Dewar’s Rob Roy
- 3 parts DEWAR’S 12 Blended Scotch Whisky
- 2 1/2 parts Martini & Rossi Rosso vermouth
- 2 dashes bitters
- 2 dashes simple syrup
- 1 cherry
Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Also, if you’re in NYC, head to these bars and get rowdy.
Highlands — 150 W 10th Street
Andrews — 140 W 46th St
Caledonia Bar — 1609 2nd Ave.
I know, I know. It’s National Beer Day, but sometimes I’m not feeling a beer—mostly because I drank beer last night and sometimes you have to mix it up. Anyway. Best Damn, which does one of the best hard root beers I’ve had (read: it doesn’t make me feel like I’m getting diabetes when I drink it), has just put out a hard Cherry Cola.
Now, if you’re like me, and that Savage Garden song was your jam circa 1997, this is the beer alternative for you. I’ve included a recipe below, but drinking it on its own is great, too. Dangerous, though, because it goes down smooth. I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it, to be honest, but I’m a fan now.
The biggest game in college basketball is here, so what else is there to do but mix up a drink, turn it on, and get wild. Mix these up and the [Tar Heels or Wildcats] won’t be the only winners tonight!
- 1.5 oz. 1800 Silver
- 0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
- 0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 0.5 oz. Lime Juice Cordial
- 0.25 oz. Green Chartreuse
Method: Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
The Tarheel Three Pointer
- 2 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Silver
- 1/4 oz shot triple sec
- 1/4 oz shot Bols Blue Curacao Liqueur
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
Method: Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
The Buzzer Beater
- 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Cannon Blast
- 0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
Method: Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.
- 1.3 oz. George Dickel Rye Whisky
- 0.5 oz. lemon juice
- 0.25 oz. ginger syrup
- 1 tsp. simple syrup
- 0.75 oz. sparkling water
- Mint leaves
Method: Muddle, shake, and double-strain into a punch glass or coupe.