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The Inside Track On Derby Drinks

The Inside Track on Derby Drinks

On the first Saturday in May, the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” captures the attention of horse lovers and party lovers alike. The Kentucky Derby—run consecutively since 1875—is steeped in traditions like singing “My Old Kentucky Home” and adorning the winner with a blanket of 554 red roses.

Of course one of the most popular traditions is sipping the classic mint julep in its customary silver cup. Whether you’re hosting a Derby watching party or just want to sip a cool julep on your porch, Spec’s has the inside track for all your Derby Day drinks.

We wager you’ll enjoy our low prices as much as these tasty race day recipes below!

Classic Mint Julep
2 oz Kentucky Bourbon
½ oz simple syrup
8 mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
Mint springs for garnish

In well-chilled julep cup, muddle mint leaves and simple syrup. Add bourbon and crushed ice. Place a bar spoon in the drink and mix. Add ice and garnish with mint sprigs.

1½ oz gin
1 oz club soda
¾ oz simple syrup
½ oz lime juice
4 Blackberries

Muddle blackberries and simple syrup in cocktail shaker. Add gin, ice, and lime juice. Shake well and strain into a glass with ice. Stir in club soda and enjoy!


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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