Friday, May 4, 2012

Thinking of Drinking: 2 Racy Cocktails

Get ready with the Kentucky Derby this weekend with these racy cocktails!

Spring Races 
Featured at Carmine's
2 oz Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey
1.25 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz Lemon Juice, fresh
3/4 oz Lime juice, fresh
3 tablespoons pineapple
1 sprig mint
Garnish: pineapple leaf and lime wheel

Muddle the pineapple and mint with the simple syrup.  Pack glass with ice.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir well.  Garnish and serve.

A racing note:  The founder of Carmine’s, the late Artie Cutler, named his New York Italian restaurant after his favorite jockey Carmine Abatiello who was the one of the leading harness racing jockeys at The Meadowlands. 


A specialty of the Willard InterContinental's Round Robin Bar, the Mint Julep is an elegant cocktail evoking an air of hospitality and congeniality. 

6-8 Mint leaves
1 Tablespoon sugar
Cracked ice
Powdered sugar
Sparkling water
 2 oz. Hudson Baby Bourbon

Place mint leaves, 1-tablespoon sugar and a small measure of bourbon in a crystal tumbler.   Gently muddle with a spoon.  Place a scoop of freshly cracked ice in tumbler and stir vigorously.  Top off with more ice.  Add equal measures of bourbon and sparkling water to fill glass.  Place a sprig of fresh mint on top; zest with a twist of lemon and dust with powdered sugar.

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