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Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Adrienne

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Julep, meet Margarita

Recently, the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo have fallen on the same weekend, leaving these two delicious cocktails competing for thirsty New Yorkers’ attention.

Who will be the winner? That’s for you to decide. Here are some of our favorite recipes – including the classics plus a few variations – to get the competition started. Or, get the best of both worlds by combining whiskey AND agave spirits with the Rio Bravo or the Verrazano Cocktail, featured below.

May the best cocktail win!

The Classic Mint Julep:

2.5 oz Bourbon (4 Roses Yellow Label is a great affordable, mixable choice)
1/2 oz simple syrup
handful of mint

Add all ingredients to a silver julep cup, muddle, top with crushed ice. Garnish with more mint.

cocktail_peach_basil_julepJulep #2:
by Pamela Wiznitzer

2.5 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Peach Liqueur (such as Rothman & Winter Orchard Peach Liqueur)
handful basil

Add all ingredients to a silver julep cup, muddle, top with crushed ice.  Garnish with basil & peach slices.  Watch Pam make this yummy classic twist.

“Every Rose Has Its Thorn”

2.5 oz Bourbon (like Four Roses Single Barrel)
1 oz fresh watermelon juice
1/3 oz fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon sugar
½ oz Imbue Petal and Thorn
12 leaves muddled mint

Add all ingredients to a julep glass and muddle.  Top with crushed ice.  Garnish with fresh mint and a watermelon slice.

The Classic Margarita:

1.5 oz Tequila
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz Cointreau

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Tamarind Margarita

1.5 oz Reposado Tequila (such as Casa Noble)
1/2 oz Cointreau
Splash Fresh Tamarind Puree
3 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a rocks glass over ice. Orange pepper rim and lime garnish.

cocktail_tamarind_margarita

Spicy Margarita

2 oz Blanco tequila
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz lime juice
2 slices jalapeño
pinch of cilantro

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with cilantro and jalapeño.

Or, get the best of both worlds with these cocktails that incorporate both whiskey and agave:

Rio Bravo

cocktail_Rio_Bravo1 oz Tequila
1 oz Bourbon
1 oz Cointreau Noir
1 oz Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice.  Strain over ice into a rocks glass.  Garnish with a chile salt rim & a lime wheel.

Verrazano Cocktail

cocktail_verrazano2 oz Bourbon (Leo uses Maker’s Mark)
3/4 oz Cynar
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
Mezcal rinse

Stir and strain into a mezcal-rinsed glass; twist and discard a lemon peel. Created by Leo Robitschek of Eleven Madison Park & The NoMad.

 

 

 

Photo credits: Bar Notes, Spicy Southern Kitchen, Casa Noble Tequila, Four Roses Bourbon, Cointreau

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About the Author

Adrienne is one of the co-founders of Dipsology. When she’s not drinking, sleeping & breathing cocktails, she can be found in Napa, drinking wine instead. You can read about her non-cocktail adventures on her blog www.alagourmande.com and follow her @alstillman.



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