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iStock-528239391 CroppedThe Kentucky Derby is pretty synonymous with Mint Juleps, but those are far from the only tasty choices to sip on while watching the ponies. Check out these excellent options and good luck to your favorite horses!

Great Kentucky Derby Drink Recipes

Spicy Blood Mary

This is an awesome morning-of-the-race drink or a just plain race-time drink.

  • 1 cup Vodka
  • 4-6 drops of Hot Sauce (depending on what you can handle)
  • 1/2 cup of Lemon Juice 
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Seeds (this is optional)


Mix all together in a large, covered pitcher for 24 hours. When garnishing, add green onion, olives, celery sticks or asparagus spears."

Kentucky Whiskey Smash

  • 2 shots of Bourbon (note, a shot is counted as a "one-thousand one, one thousand two" as you pour, if you don't have the measurement fixture).
  • 3/4 cup of Lemon Juice
  • 4 Mint Leaves
  • 1 shot of Simple Syrup
  • Mint Sprig and/or Lemon Wheel (for garnish)


Mix everything but the Bourbon (and garnish) in a glass. Then add the Maker's Mark Bourbon and shake all with ice. Pour over ice-filled rock glasses. Add the lemon wheel and/or sprig of mint for garnish.

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