Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Adrienne0
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!
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.
2.5 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Peach Liqueur (such as Rothman & Winter Orchard Peach Liqueur)
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.
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.
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.
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:
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a chile salt rim & a lime wheel.