The first weekend in May is a gracious culinary fiesta as Cinco de Mayo and the running of the Kentucky Derby collide. Well, not literally, but there will be lots to celebrate. And both events have definite cocktail traditions.
Our friends as Sparkling Ice are there for you. The offer a variety of fruity and flavorful sparkling waters that are low in sugar. And the perfect simple base for some great Cinco- or Derby-inspired beverages.
Slim and Sparkling Margarita
3 oz. Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
1-½ oz. Tequila
Splash of fresh squeezed orange
Fresh squeezed lime
Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt. Garnish with a lime slice.
Peachy Mint Julep
1.25 oz. Bourbon
2 oz. Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine
6 Mint leaves
Half a Peach
Muddle mint and peach in highball glass.* Add crushed ice, bourbon and Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine. Stir ingredients thoroughly.
* If possible, muddle mint and peach, add bourbon and leave overnight in fridge.
Blackberry Blind Draw
2 parts Bourbon
1 part St. Germain
3 parts Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine
Muddle blackberries in shaker. Add ice, whiskey and St. Germain. Shake and pour (do not strain) into highball glass. Top with Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine.
Triple Crown Lemonade
2 parts Anejo Tequila
4 muddled Basil leaves
1 Teaspoon Agave Syrup
2 parts Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade
Shake and pour over ice into Highball glass. Top with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade. Garnish with Basil leaf.
Enjoy celebrating the intersection of the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo, but remember, to always enjoy responsibly.