It’s nearly time for the Kentucky Derby, a famously quick sporting occasion with a famously lengthy pre-party (and after get together for individuals who could make it that lengthy). The venerable Mint Julep has turn into the compulsory tipple for the crowds at Churchill Downs and armchair tailgaters throughout the nation, however the Keeneland Breeze, whereas newer on the cocktail scene, is not any much less scrumptious and refreshing. It’s unclear who we’ve to thank for creating this one, nevertheless it has turn into the signature drink for the Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington, one other notable horse racing locale solely rather less storied than the Derby’s Churchill Downs.
The drink is straightforward to make, at all times a plus for Derby events (or any get together), and it options considerably much less booze than your commonplace Julep, in case you occur to have plans later within the day. Whereas the flavour profile is just like a Bourbon Ginger properly name, the substances additionally spotlight a daring citrus part, just like the Old Fashioned, with out having to undergo the tedium of easy syrup and muddling. That is achieved with a easy squeeze of contemporary orange and a small quantity of orange curaçao. Whereas the Keenland model makes use of DeKuyper, a modest however fully serviceable model, you possibly can actually elevate this one with out digging too far into your pockets with Ferrand’s Dry Curaçao. A high quality ginger ale additionally goes a great distance in enhancing this straightforward summer season cocktail.
1 ¼ oz. bourbon
¼ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1 barspoon contemporary orange juice
2 oz. ginger ale
Mix bourbon, orange curaçao, and orange juice in a Collins or rocks glass and stir to mix. Add ice, prime with ginger ale, stir gently to mix once more, and garnish with an orange slice.