On the Rocks: Lime Derby.

I’m easily sucked into tradition and all that it entails. This Saturday is the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby and you can bet I’ll be tuned in to the all-day coverage right down until the winner crosses the finishing line. For those of you equally enthralled, you’ll know that the traditional cocktail of the Derby is the mint julep. But have you ever tried one? Wow. Powerful stuff. This year I’m opting for the lighter Lime Derby which just may take a permanent place on my summer cocktail list.

– 1 1/2 oz. Smirnoff Lime Flavored Vodka
– 1 oz. simple syrup
– 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
– Cucumber
– Fresh mint

Muddle cucumber in a mixing glass, add mint and bruise. Add remaining ingredients into a mixing glass, fill glass with ice. Shake the ingredients and strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a cucumber wheel.

:: photo and cocktail via Cocktail Times

  • Sarah's Fab Day

    May 1, 2008 at 1:05 am Reply

    YUM! I’ll have to make this and get back to you.

  • Kelly

    May 1, 2008 at 3:28 am Reply

    I’m happy and sad about this derby. I love it, but I just moved away from Louisville last July. Sigh.

    I’ll probably wander into a bar to catch it on TV (the closest bar is called the Saddle Club, after all, and its logo is a jockey uniform), but I know I can’t wear a derby outfit or else I’ll just stick out like a sore thumb. I’ll have to drink my bourbon in regular clothes! With no hat! the horror!

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