Exotic Drinks

10 drinks to enjoy during the Kentucky Derby

Let’s face it. The best part of the Kentucky Derby is the cocktails.

Don’t just stick to a simple mint julep when there are so many other Derby-inspired adult beverages out there.

Here are a few of our favorite.

  • 1. Triple Crown Collins

    Triple Crown Collins

    Courtesy of Bombay Sapphire Gin

    This summery drink is a twist on the classic Tom Collins. Instead of lime juice, this recipe uses watermelon juice.

    Recipe: Triple Crown Collins

  • 2. Lucky Lemonade

    Lucky Lemonade

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    Nothing says refreshing quite like lemonade with hints of strawberries and cucumber. And who knows, a sip of this mixed drink may bring you luck on the big day.

    Recipe: Lucky Lemonade

  • 3. Speedy Spritz

    Speedy Spritz

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    Impress your guests with this sweet and delicious cocktail. With chunks of kiwi, hints of dill and citrus notes, this drink aims to please.

    Recipe: Speedy Spritz

  • 4. Kentucky Derby Gin Julep

    Kentucky Derby Gin Julep

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    Nothing says Kentucky Derby quite like this minty cocktail.

    Recipe: Kentucky Derby Gin Julep

  • 5. Peach-Infused Bourbon Iced Tea

    Peach-Infused Bourbon Iced Tea

    Sarah Ashley Schiear

    This peachy bourbon-spiked iced tea makes for a perfect summer cocktail. Southern in spirit, peach-infused bourbon iced tea is a staple at the Kentucky Derby, but it’s good for anytime your taste buds need a refreshing pick-me-up.

    Recipe: Peach-Infused Bourbon Iced Tea

  • 6. Bacon-Infused Bourbon

    Bacon-Infused Bourbon

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    Bacon really does make everything better. Alcohol included, especially bourbon, which pairs incredibly well with cured pork.

    Recipe: Bacon-Infused Bourbon

  • 7. Wagering Whiskey Pop

    Wagering Whiskey Pop

    Voga

    This cocktail, while light and refreshing, definitely packs a punch. It's known to make a gambler out of the most cautious of men, thus the "wagering" in the title.

    Recipe: Wagering Whiskey Pop

  • 8. Racing Raspberry Tea

    Racing Raspberry Tea

    Sparkling ICE

    A light mint iced tea with hints of raspberry is perfect to sip while cheering on your favorite steed.

    Recipe: Raspberry Racing Tea

  • 9. Giddy Up

    Giddy Up

    Voga

    This cocktail packs a big punch of flavor. Warm spices and fruit make it a tasty cross between a sangria and a spiced wine.

    Recipe: Giddy Up

  • 10. Pineapple Julep

    Pineapple Julep

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    This recipe for a pineapple julep comes from the most famous bartenders' and cocktail book of all time, "Bon-Vivant's Companion" by Jerry Thomas (1862). It was the first real cocktail book ever published in the United States. This julep recipe is a nostalgic and delicious homage to a drinking era that is long gone but not forgotten.

    Recipe: Pineapple Julep