You won’t need to make the trip to Churchill Downs to experience all the Derby has to offer.
The SL Mint Julep and The Blush Lily
On race day, Churchill Downs serves up 120,000 mint juleps and 40,000 of the lesser-known Oaks Lily cocktails. Sterling julep cups are classic, but these cocktails are so pretty—why not show them off in highball glasses?
Mint Julep Sweet Tea
This iced cocktail features the best of two classic Southern drinks: the mint julep and sweet tea. For best results, sip in a rocking chair on a front porch somewhere.
Recipe: Mint Julep Sweet Tea
Triple Crown Cocktails
The Derby isn’t the only leg of the Triple Crown with a signature drink. Watch the horses run with a cocktail tailored for each event. You’ll have an instant party as synonymous with Derby Day as distinctive hats.
Classic Mint Julep
Mint juleps are the quintessential Southern cocktail. All you need for this classic version is fresh mint, mint simple syrup, and bourbon. Leftover simple syrup keeps refrigerated about one week and perfectly sweetens iced tea. See our tips and techniques for stirring up a mint julep.
Basil-Lemon Moonshine is great by itself on the rocks, but our Moonshine-Cherry Blush recipe will certainly be difficult to pass up.
Add flair to your cocktail party with the Bourbon Smash: crushed ice and bourbon combined with the sweetness of raspberries and the fresh flavor of mint.
Recipe: Bourbon Smash
Black-eyed Susan Cocktails for Preakness
This cocktail’s name is taken from the flowers used to make the blanket that drapes the winning horse at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland. Made with orange and pineapple juice, vodka, light rum, and orange liqueur, it’s a Plimlico winner in our book too.
Recipe: Black-eyed Susan Cocktail
Bourbon Cider Sour
Looking for something impressive yet easy to mix up for your party? Simply stir together four ingredients: bourbon, apple cider, orange juice and sugar, then serve over ice. Garnish with thin apple slices for an elegant finish.
Recipe: Bourbon Cider Sour
Reach for Long Island Iced Tea at Belmont Stakes
At the Belmont Stakes it’s Long Island Iced Tea. Serve this stiff drink in a martini glass to encourage sipping and get in the New York racing mood.
Recipe: Long Island Iced Tea
Slushy Whiskey Sours
Try a refreshing spin on a classic mixed drink featuring frozen orange juice, limeade and lemonade.
Recipe: Slushy Whiskey Sours
How to Muddle
You’ll need to know how to “muddle,” which means to crush or mash ingredients with a spoon to release flavor. A bar tool called a “muddler” can be used (its shape reminds us of a mini baseball bat) or use a wooden spoon.
This article previously appeared on SouthernLiving.com.