The Louisville Cooler: Kentucky Derby Party Cocktails

April 12, 2021
The Louisville Cooler: Kentucky Derby Party Cocktails

Hey, y’all! It’s Derby Season — and as we are entering the final stretch, I’m excited to share several recipes here on the blog for you to enjoy at your Kentucky Derby Party! To kick things off this week, I’m going to be sharing cocktails that will be perfect accompaniments to your 2021 Derby Experience. All are tried and true Kentucky drinks and are simply delicious! Let’s kick it off with the Louisville Cooler, a perfect Kentucky Derby Party Cocktail! If you like bourbon and citrus — this is the perfect cocktail recipe for you!

Kentucky Derby Party Cocktails

The Louisville Cooler: Kentucky Derby Party Cocktails

JC’s note: using fresh juices here – for both the orange juice + lime juice – truly makes all the difference. That and the use of a good-quality Kentucky Bourbon, of course! What’s your favorite bourbon? Comment below or shoot me an email — I’d love to know!

A traditional Louisville Cooler calls for confectionary sugar, as opposed to simple syrup; I prefer to use simple syrup because I always have it on hand!

PS: This recipe can be easily enlarged for a crowd!

The Louisville Cooler: Kentucky Derby Party Cocktails

Ingredients:

2 oz. Kentucky Bourbon

2 oz. orange juice (freshly-squeezed, if possible)

.5 oz. lime juice

1.5 tsp. simple syrup

Ice

Orange slice, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine bourbon, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
  2. Strain into a glass (preferably a rocks glass) and garnish with an orange slice.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

The Louisville Cooler: Kentucky Derby Party Cocktails

So easy and so refreshing, y’all — I know all at your Kentucky Derby Party will love the Louisville Cooler!

Enjoy + cheers, y’all!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

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