This year the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo fall on the same day and we are thrilled to have Justin Pasha aka The Cup Bearer sharing some fun cocktails with our readers!
His bartenders will be making these two cocktails at all of their Derby/Cinco parties this year. FYI Cocktails in the photos appear the way they will prepare them at their events. We are giving you the gift of time by providing instructions and measurements for making batched pitchers to make entertaining simple.
 

Paloma

(Classic Mexican Cocktail)
INGREDIENTS
2 cups tequila
2/3 cups mezcal
2 2/3 cups grapefruit juice
1 cup lime juice
1 cup water
3 tbs agave nectar (Or to taste)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
7 oz Q-Grapefruit tonic

INSTRUCTIONS (12 Servings)
In a large pitcher, stir together the liquor, grapefruit juice, lime juice, water, and agave. Serve over crushed ice, top with Q-Grapefruit. Garnish with salted rim and something beautiful.

 

Mint Julep

(Famous Derby Day Cocktail)
INGREDIENTS
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
4 bunches mint, ends trimmed
2 1/2 cups bourbon

INSTRUCTIONS (10 Servings)
Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and submerge 3 bunches of mint. Let stand at least 1 hour. Strain.

Stir together the mint syrup and bourbon in a pitcher.
Pour 4 ounces of cocktail over over plenty of crushed ice; garnish with a mint sprig and serve with a straw. Garnish with mint bouquet and serve!

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