With the Kentucky Derby (and Cinco de Mayo!) just days away, we wanted to share a few great cocktail ideas shared from Justin Pasha of The Cup Bearer. For more drink ideas, follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/the_cup_bearer/. Thanks Justin!

 

Paloma (Classic Mexican Cocktail) 

INGREDIENTS
2 cups tequila
2/3 cups mezcal
2 2/3 cups grapefruit juice
1 cup lime juice
1 cup water
3 tbs agave nectar (Or to taste)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
7 oz Q-Grapefruit tonic

INSTRUCTIONS (12 Servings)

In a large pitcher, stir together the liquor, grapefruit juice, lime juice, water, and agave. Serve over crushed ice, top with Q-Grapefruit. Garnish with salted rim and something beautiful. 

Mint Julep (Famous Derby Day Cocktail)

INGREDIENTS
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
4 bunches mint, ends trimmed
2 1/2 cups bourbon
crushed ice

DIRECTIONS (10 Servings)

  • Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and submerge 3 bunches of mint. Let stand at least 1 hour. Strain.
  • Stir together the mint syrup and bourbon in a pitcher.
  • Pour 4 ounces of cocktail over over plenty of crushed ice; garnish with a mint sprig and serve with a straw.
  • Garnish with mint bouquet and serve! 

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