#KYDerbyAtHome/Cocktail Edition

Even though the 146th Kentucky Derby has been postponed this year, it doesn't mean that you can't have a Kentucky Derby Party. Fans can stay healthy at home as NBC Sports and Churchill Downs partner for a virtual Kentucky Derby at Home Party, which includes The First Saturday In May: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown, a look back at American Pharoah’s 2015 Derby win en route to his historic Triple Crown, and The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown, a socially distant, computer-simulated edition of the Run for the Roses that pits all 13 Triple Crown winners against each other. We've already gone over the required attire, so of course you need the appropriate cocktails! I am here to help! The Kentucky Derby’s quintessential drink, the Mint Julep, is practically required drinking while watching the horses race around the track. In fact, the refreshing combination of bourbon and mint may be the real star of the Derby. After all, the race only lasts two minutes, but the cocktails flow all day. But there are lots of other Derby drinks to make, too. So be sure to try one of these cocktails, and let the races begin! Brighten up a traditional Mint Julep with this fresh take, Lemonade Mint Julep, which puts lemons front and center alongside the traditional mint and bourbon. If you aren’t a fan of floating pieces of mint, simply add the herb to the simple syrup as its reducing, then strain and serve. May means much of the country has entered (or is about to enter) summer weather. Cool down from the Kentucky heat with this fun Frozen Mint Julep version of the ultimate Derby cocktail. Mint syrup takes the place of fresh mint (to keep the texture smooth), and it’s blended with ice and bourbon for a cool and deceivingly simple sipper. Kentucky Dirty is a delightful combination of bourbon and peach schnapps added to give a boozy punch to plain iced tea in this down and dirty cocktail. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, use sweet tea or add in an extra dash of schnapps to the cocktail. A Peach Basil Julep is what you get when you take a traditional Julep and add in peaches and basil in place of lime and mint? This is a lightly sweet, totally Instagrammable cocktail. Fresh peaches are easy to turn into a homemade purée, and a simple basil syrup adds just enough herbal brightness to pair with bourbon. Bourbon is practically required for Kentucky Derby celebrations, but if you can't stomach the brown spirit, try this Cosmopolitan inspired cocktail instead, The Pink Lily.Vodka, triple sec, sweet-and-sour mix and cranberry juice give the cocktail a vibrant pink hue and fruity flavor, and fresh blackberries and lemon serve as the perfect springtime garnish. You know how to make a Shandy. Beer + lemonade = summer cocktail goodness. The Southern Shandy takes it down South with a few splashes of peach brandy, then garnish with lemon and peach slices and serve it in a large punch bowl to keep your Derby party happy all afternoon. Round out your day of drinking this super indulgent boozy dessert, The Kentucky Derby Pie Milkshake! Yes, I said MILKSHAKE! This milkshake takes all the flavors of Derby Pie, a traditional dessert made with chocolate and walnuts, and throws them into the blender, using pecans instead of walnuts and adding in a hefty dose of (you guessed it) bourbon. Since we are all staying at home and no one is driving, why not sample a few of these cocktails? Tomorrows topic will be hang over relief, LOL. All of these recipes can be found at Liquor.com. Stay safe and drink responsibly.

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