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Getting into the "Spirit" of the Kentucky Derby

A little bourbon goes a long way and helps celebrate the annual run for the roses.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - While some Arkansans will be in Louisville Saturday for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, many more will be watching it on television.

The Triple Crown race gives anyone a reason to have a party, and of course they'll want to serve some traditional beverages.

The Run for the Roses is known for the popular Mint Julep, but there are other options for libations that include the Crown of Roses, Kentucky B&B and the Bourbon Sour.

Clark Trim with Colonial Wine & Spirits in Little Rock shares some recipes with Good Day's Deedra Wilson and Greg Dee.

Mint julep - It's the drink most synonymous with the derby and has years of tradition behind it.
3 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
2 tablespoons mint syrup
1 sprig of mint
Fill a glass or julep cup with broken or crushed ice. Add mint syrup and the bourbon and stir gently until the cup is frosted. Garnish with 1 sprig of mint.
To make mint syrup - 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 13 sprigs of mint - Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan and boil for 5 minutes; do not stir. Pour over the 13 sprigs of mint in a heatproof bowl, gently crushing the mint with the back of a spoon. Chill, covered, for 8 to 10 hours. Strain, discarding the mint.

Crown of Roses -Pretty and potent, this cocktail is perfect for guests who want something refreshing, fruity and a little sweet. With its deep, ruby red color it is the cocktail equivalent of the rose garland worn by winning horse.
Maraschino cherry
1/2 ounce amaretto
3 dashes angostura bitters
1-ounce Crown Royal
3 1 oz. pineapple juice
1/4 oz. cranberry juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add ingredients. Shake for 15 seconds, strain into chilled glass and garnish with maraschino cherry.

Kentucky B&B
Traditionally this simple two-part cocktail uses Benedictine, an herbal liqueur, and brandy. But to pay tribute to the host state, you'll want to use Bourbon instead.
2 ounces each of Kentucky Bourbon and Benedictine. Pour into a glass and stir.

Bourbon Sour - It's so predictable when it comes to Bourbon cocktails.
1 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
1 oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp. super fine bar sugar
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass, sour glass or champagne flute.
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