Derby Days Are Here Again
Derby Days Are Here Again was a true collaboration between Jennifer and Brent. It was inspired by two horse track classics- the Mint Julep and the Brown Derby. We love both of these cocktails but felt that the Brown Derby could be a little underwhelming sometimes, whereas the mint julep could be a bit overpowering (and over-intoxicating).
Double straining the Derby Days refines the cocktail and helps keep those embarrassing mint leaves from sticking in your teeth. Garnishing with a citrus rosette further elevates the cocktail and is inspired by the garland of roses that is awarded to the Derby winner.
Lee Sinclair Bourbon is made by the Spirits of French Lick, a distiller in Indiana. This award winning, four grain bourbon has corn, vanilla and apricot flavor notes with some baking spices. It all plays well with the Honey Lavender Elixir and fresh juices in this cocktail. If you haven’t, pick up a bottle and try it for yourself. It’s a solid choice for any bar.
2 oz Lee Sinclair Bourbon
.75 oz Honey Lavender Elixir
.5 oz grapefruit juice
.25 oz lime juice
Muddle 4-5 fresh mint leaves. Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with grapefruit or orange rosette with mint leaves.