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Drink DuJour: The Thoroughbred

Create a fresh spin on the classic Mint Julep in honor of this year’s Kentucky Derby

Big hats and bourbon cocktails have been Kentucky Derby staples for nearly a century; and while the Mint Julep rules as the event’s official drink, we’ve snagged the recipe for a bold twist that is sure to please the palates of race day partygoers this weekend.

“The Thoroughbred is a concept created from my Southern and Caribbean roots,” said Charles Washington, bar manager at LOCL Bar in New York’s NYLO Hotel. “It’s a cross between a refreshing Mojito, a crisp Moscow Mule and a classic bourbon drink like the Mint Julep. Shake it to perfection and let the good times roll!”

Here’s how it’s done:


1 ½ oz. Jefferson’s Classic Bourbon 
4 Sprigs mint leaves
2 Powdered sugar cubes 
2 Lime wedges

In a glass, combine sugar cubes, mint leaves and lime wedges and muddle until sugar is crushed but not dissolved. Add bourbon and shake for 30 seconds. Garnish with a mint leaf.