Kentucky Derby Cocktails – on your mark, get set…


In honor of this year’s Derby favorite, “Verrazano,” La Bottega in The Maritime Hotel has created an Italian-themed mint julep to honor the horse’s Florentine namesake.  

The drink starts off with Jack Daniel’s for a nod to the Derby, then swamps out mint for the Italian staple, basil, and adds a dash of apple juice instead of sugar for the sweetness. A bit of ginger syrup goes in, to settle the stomach of those with a bit of cash riding on the race and the drink is complete! This Italian julep is named “La Mela” (apple in Italian), after a horse’s favorite snack!


SO as you watch the race tomorrow…in your finest hat and clothes, pour yourself this delish cocktail.


2 oz Jack Daniels

2 oz Apple Juice

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

½ oz Ginger Syrup

4 Basil Leaves


Muddle the basil leaves and ginger syrup then shake with all other ingredients and pour over ice.  Enjoy!


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