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Spring Celebrations: Derby Day and Cinco De Mayo

May 3, 2013

Pile up the party times everyone!  Spring is here and it is time to dust off the grill, clean up the deck, gather your friends and makes some drinks.

For the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is the drink of choice.  But they are time consuming and if you are not comfortable with your mixing prowess, The Horse’s Neck is a great alternative to celebrate Derby Day:

The Horse’s Neck.

Cut a long lemon peel over the top of a Collins Glass.  And I mean LOOOOONG.  This sucker needs to swivel from the bottom to the top of your glass.  Now fill your glass with ice which will hold the lemon twist in place.  Now add a shot of your favorite bourbon and top with ginger ale.  That simple.

Sunday marks Cinco De Mayo, and believe it or not I am going to spare the history of this celebration and focus on what is has become which is a celebration of one of the many cultures that have influenced the American way of life.  And of course when thinking of Cinco De Mayo, the Margarita pops into mind as the ‘comfort cocktail’ for the occasion. I again offer you an alternative to the most popular drink in Mexico: The Paloma

Paloma

  • 1 1/2 oz Blanco Tequila 
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3-4 oz Squirt grapefruit soda

Build in a Collins glass over ice and garnish with lime slice.

Now me being me I can’t let this fly without jazzing it up to a craft cocktail so here ya go:

  • 1 1/2 oz blanco tequila (organic like Casa Noble, Republic, or Dulce Vida)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh pressed organic grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 oz sparkling water
  • 1/4-1/2 oz organic agave syrup

Combine all ingredients in a Collins glass filled with ice and garnish with lime slcie.  This can also be made in batch; just multiply by the number of drinks you want to make.

Happy Spring everyone!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2013 3:30 pm

    This is very good article about celebrations derby day. This cocktail drinks made you like a cocktail bartender its awesome!! what an entertainment.

  2. May 13, 2013 7:24 am

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