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The Derby

Introducing "The Derby", a classic bourbon cocktail with a twist of sweet vermouth, orange curaçao, lime juice, and garnished with mint.

What You'll Need

Bourbon whiskey
1 oz
Sweet vermouth
0.5 oz
Orange curaçao
0.5 oz
Fresh lime juice
0.75 oz


Coupe Glass
Basic Bar Tools


Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a mint leaf
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More About This Drink

We'll get to some history on the Derby cocktail recipe in just a moment, but first, here are a few other classic whiskey cocktails we think you'll enjoy: the Old Fashioned, the Mint Julep, the Irish Coffee, the Boulevardier, and the Flaming 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As far as some history on the Derby cocktail, well, we couldn't find much, unfortunately. The Derby cocktail Wiki literally only says that “The Derby is an IBA Official Cocktail composed of gin, peach bitters and mint leaves," and that "Other cocktails are known by the same name. It is unclear when the IBA version was created.” Literally, that’s all the Derby cocktail Wiki notes. And pretty much the only other thing we could find is a little blurb from Serious Eats that says that “At least three different cocktails bear the name Derby, to commemorate the long bond between drinking and betting on horses.” Yeah, that’s it for that source. Oh, and if you're wondering if the Brown Derby cocktail and the Derby cocktail are the same drink, they most certainly are not. So keep that in mind when you’re ordering at the bar! Side note: If you're looking for other Derby Day cocktails, check out these bad boys: the Champagne Julep, the Georgia Peach, the Pomegranate Old Fashioned, the Classic Bloody Mary, and the Bloody Mary Jello Shots. THE DERBY 1 oz. (30ml) Bourbon Whiskey 1/2 oz. (15ml) Sweet Vermouth 1/2 oz. (15ml) Orange curaçao 3/4 oz. (22ml) Fresh Lime Juice Garnish: Mint Sprig PREPARATION 1. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. 2. Garnish with a mint leaf. DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

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