Kentucky Derby, Meet Cinco de Mayo?

Celebrate both with one original Tequila Julep cocktail.



The Kentucky Derby (this year held on May 3–4) and Cinco de Mayo (May 5, natch) fall on the same weekend. That’s a lot of revelry to pack into three days—not to mention, what will you choose to drink? The classic Mint Julep in honor of Derby Day or a Tequila tipple to celebrate Mexico’s heritage?

Choices, choices. Luckily, we have your answer. Wine Enthusiast asked Colin Shearn, beverage director at St. Charles Exchange in Louisville, Kentucky, to create a blend of the two. Ladies and gents, we introduce to you the Tequila Julep.

Shearn works smack dab in the middle of Derby action and knows a thing or two about juleps. While typically made with Kentucky Bourbon, in this version, Shearn swaps it out for two spirits with Mexican heritage: crisp blanco Tequila and smoky mezcal. Meanwhile, simple syrup made with brown demerara sugar, adds a sweet richness to the mix—all built in a julep cup and garnished with a mint sprig, of course.

Hell Hath No Fury

Recipe courtesy Colin Shearn, beverage director/mixologist, St. Charles Exchange, Louisville, Kentucky

1 ounce Espolón Blanco Tequila
1 ounce Del Maguey VIDA mezcal
½ ounce demerara syrup
1 dash Bittermens Hellfire Shrub
Mint sprig, for garnish

Pour all ingredients into a julep cup and scoop in crushed ice. Stir briefly, then add more crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig and 2 short straws.

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