Cocktails for Derby Day, May 1, 2021

By Gayot Editors

Since we can’t all go to Louisville, KY, for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, let’s celebrate this 2.0 km (one and a quarter miles) race for three-year-old thoroughbreds with these cocktails,

The Royal Thai Spice Julep

– 2 oz. bourbon
– 1 oz. kaffir lime juice
– 2 basil leaves
– 10 mint leaves
– ½ teaspoon Thai spice (see below)
– 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
– Thai spice blend:
– a dash of each: lemon powder, sea salt, chili powder, ground ginger, mustard seed, clove

• For the Thai spice: Grind spices for 20 seconds in a coffee/spice grinder
• Shake all ingredients furiously over ice in a cocktail shaker and strain over crushed ice in Julep Cup
• Top with whole chilis and fresh mint or basil and lime

> Bartender’s tip: Standard ice cubes can be pounded in a cloth bag with a hammer or use a crushed ice machine.

This cocktail is brought to you by Aidan Demarest, Director of Nightlife at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Derby Day (non-alcoholic)

– 2 oz. Earthen
– 1 oz. simple syrup
– 8-10 mint leaves
– Ice

• Add all ingredients to a shaker and muddle for 1 minute.
•  Pour over crushed ice.
•  Add fresh mint for garnish.

This cocktail is brought to you by Wilderton, a portfolio of non-alcoholic, zero calorie and gluten-free botanical spirits.