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updated 5/3/2008 10:09:11 AM ET 2008-05-03T14:09:11

Recipe: Blackberry Julep

The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink is best served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from a souvenir glass printed with all previous Derby winners. Over 80,000 mint juleps are typically served on Derby Day and the preceding day's event, The Kentucky Oaks stakes race, which is considered by many to be "the Derby for Fillies."

Ingredients
  • 6 ounces frozen blackberries
  • 10 ounces ice
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 4 ounces simple syrup
  • Fresh mint sprigs
Preparation

Place ice and berries in food processor and pulse until coarsely crushed. Pack ice and berries into traditional 10-ounce silver cups.

Add simple syrup and bourbon. Garnish with mint.

Recipe: The Garnet

(non-alcoholic)

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1 cube frozen orange juice
  • 6 ounces Perrier or San Pellegrino
  • 2 sprigs mint
Preparation

Crush 1 mint sprig in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add the pomegranate juice and the orange-juice cube. Top with Perrier or San Pellegrino and garnish with the other mint sprig.

Recipe: Hot Chihuahua

(A Mexican play on the Greyhound)

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 8 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1 Grapefruit, cut into small slices for garnish twists
  • Kosher salt (optional)
Preparation

Slice jalapeno in quarter-inch slices and infuse vodka for 2 hours (or longer if you want it spicier/grassier). Rim four martini glasses with a slice of grapefruit juice and dip in salt, if desired. Working in two batches (two drinks each), pour vodka and grapefruit juice into a shaker over ice; shake until very, very cold, and strain into glasses. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

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