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!