A Spirited Conversation: Horse Racing Season Cocktails

May 09, 2022 at 12:06 pm by RMGadmin


The spring horse racing season has begun! Events like the Kentucky Derby, Keeneland and our very own Iroquois Steeplechase are happening, and what is a southern social event without the most divine cocktails? Even if a race lasts a mere two minutes, the celebrations last from dusk til dawn, so you will need a variety of drinks to sip on! Here are just a few options to make merry at the track! These recipes take a spin on the classic Mint Julep by opting for a refreshing and sweet tequila twist and so much more.

Horse’s Neck

Recipe courtesy of Allen Katz


  • 2 oz bourbon, brandy or American rye whiskey
  • Ginger ale, chilled, to top
  • Garnish: lemon peel


  1. Pour your choice of liquor.
  2. Top with ginger ale.
  3. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Blackberry Mint Julep Margarita

Recipe courtesy of Liquor.com 


  • 5 blackberries
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 oz honey syrup
  • 2 oz Añejo tequila
  • Garnish: 2 blackberries & a mint sprig


  1. Add the blackberries, mint leaves and honey syrup into a cocktail shaker and gently muddle.
  2. Add tequila, lime juice and ice and shake until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into a Julep cup filled with crushed ice.
  4. Serve in a silver julep cup and garnish with two speared blackberries and a mint sprig.

Kentucky Mule


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ½ oz lime juice, freshly squeezed 
  • Ginger beer, to top
  • Garnish: mint sprig


  1. Add the bourbon and lime juice to a Moscow Mule mug or a highball glass.
  2. Fill the mug/glass with ice and top with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Southside Cocktail

Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian


  • 2 oz gin, such as Plymouth
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 1 sprig mint
  • Garnish: 1 fresh mint leaf
  • Specialty item: Chilled martini glass


  1. Combine the gin, lime juice, simple syrup and mint sprig in a shaker. Add some ice cubes and shake vigorously–strain into a chilled martini glass.
  2. Garnish with one mint leaf, smacked to release the oils, floating on top of the cocktail.
Saddle up, drink up and relish in a fun-filled day at the races!