The Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo are two of the best cocktail sipping occasions that happen to collide again this year. The traditional drink of the Derby is the mint julep, and margaritas are always flowing during Cinco de Mayo.
Rather than have to declare your alcohol allegiance, we’ve combined these two unofficial holidays, and we’re toasting to mint juleps, margaritas, and beer (for those of you who prefer a lighter indulgence) in our roundup below!
- Traditional Mint Julep: One drink reigns supreme at the Kentucky Derby: the mint julep. This simple Southern, staple is hand-crafted from a refreshing mix of mint, bourbon (we recommend using Kentucky Bourbon!), sugar, and water. Cheers!
- Kiwi-Mint Julep: Kiwis add a tropical twist to an old Southern favorite. This tangy, fruity version of the classic mint julep is fresh enough to quench your afternoon thirst.
- Pineapple Mint Julep: Jazz up this fresh take on the classic mint julep with chunks of pineapple, mint simple syrup, and a sprinkle of black peppercorns for an extra kick.
- The Classic Margarita: What’s not to love about the margarita? A favorite pastime is a concoction of tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice, often accompanied with salt on the glass’s rim — served on the rocks, frozen or straight up.
- Passion Fruit Margarita: Passion fruit cocktails are popping up on menus everywhere, especially the Passion Fruit Margarita. Passion Fruit is known for its tangy and tart flavor, so if you’re craving something not overly sweet, this light and fruity drink is for you.
- Mango Margarita: If you can’t make it to Mexico this Cinco de Mayo, bring Mexico to you! The tangy taste of mango in this margarita will perk up any party. To add some balance, use chili powder (vs. adding sugar or salt) around your glass rim to enhance the taste of fresh fruit like mangoes and pineapple.
Mint Julep Margarita
- Stumped on a mint julep vs. margarita? With creative and delicious cocktail fusions you can have best of both worlds: the mint julep margarita!
- Guinness: This traditional Irish stout is made from roasted barley, hops, yeast, and water that contain a deep, dark brown beer color and nice creamy head of foam. Guinness’s caramelized flavor profile makes it an ideal go-to beer and will curb your appetite during the exciting races.
- Stella Artois: Stella’s dry, lean, clean-tasting, and crisp taste is so flavorful. It’s not too heavy, and appeals to a wide range of tastes buds. This is why it is an excellent selection for a day or weekend of festivities.
- Pacifico: This solid tasting lager, made in Mazatlán, has a clean, refreshing taste that clears the pallet. It’s perfect for washing down chips & salsa.
- Negra Modelo: Negra Modelo is the best-selling dark beer in Mexico and we can’t say enough good things about it. With this beer, you’ll get a full-bodied taste with a smooth, mellow aftertaste. If you need to work your way up to this one, Negra’s sister beers – Modelo Especial and Modelo Light – are two great starter options!
Let’s hear your party weekend sip tips in the comments below!