Kentucky Derby Cocktail – Bourbon & Cider Delight

by Marla on April 27, 2014 · 15 comments

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Kentucky Derby Cocktail - Bourbon & Cider Delight |

Guess what? The 140th Kentucky Derby is less than a week away (May 2nd & 3rd, 2014) I’ve created a cocktail to you help celebrate the races & to assist y’all in celebrating any time at all!

I’ve paired non alcohol apple cider with very boozy Knob Creek Kentucky bourbon…voila!….Bourbon & Cider Delight. Oh happy days!

Kentucky Derby Cocktail - Bourbon & Cider Delight |

Aren’t these glasses AMAZING?!

I really cannot remember for the life of me where the heck I got them. Some antiques store somewhere. All I remember is when I saw them I freaked out. Instant love at first sight.

Taylor Brands knife |

I also fell in love with this Taylor Brands pocket knife that I bought in Austin.

Sooooo. All you need for this sweet beauty (per drink) is a ice filled highball glass, a shot of your favorite bourbon, real apple cider, a squeeze of lemon juice & ginger juice and some fizzy water.

Kentucky Derby Cocktail - Bourbon & Cider Delight |

Some fresh apple wedges add a bit of style & pizzaz too…

Kentucky Derby Cocktail - Bourbon & Cider Delight |

This drink is refreshing and would be really wonderful any time of the year. I can picture omitting the ice…heating up the cider & enjoying it like a hot toddy.

Oh you know me, always thinking ahead 😉

Kentucky Derby Cocktail - Bourbon & Cider Delight |

No matter what you are doing next weekend, whether you are watching the horse races, swinging in a hammock, or still playing in snow (as we are here in Telluride) I highly suggest you make a Bourbon & Cider Delight!


Kentucky Derby Cocktail – Bourbon & Cider Delight

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 1 minute

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Kentucky Derby Cocktail – Bourbon & Cider Delight


  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) Kentucky Bourbon
  • 8 ounces unsweetened (non alcohol) Apple Cider
  • splash fresh Lemon Juice
  • splash [Ginger Juice|}
  • Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • Sliced Apples for rim of glass


  • Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the rest of the ingredients. Top with some sparkling water. Mix with a cocktail stirrer. Garnish with sliced apple.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Gorgeous drink! I’ll take a few :) Love the glasses, the knife, the bowl – great props, as always! pinned


2 Marla April 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Thanks so much Averie…fun to show off some of my favorites that i’ve had for a while :) XO


3 Jenny April 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Love the glasses. Where can I get some?


4 Marla April 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Hi Jenny! I mentioned in the post…I can’t remember where in the world I got these glasses. It was some antiques store…can’t even remember which state. Either CA or CO. So sorry! Perhaps I should start taking prop notes??!


5 Rosa April 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

A delicious combination!




6 Julie @ Table for Two April 28, 2014 at 8:07 am

Umm, the PERFECT drink to sip on throughout the derby!! Love it!!


7 Aimee @ Simple Bites April 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

I pinned this last night. SO fab!


8 Marla April 28, 2014 at 10:54 am

Thanks so much for the pin Aimee :)


9 Heather Christo April 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

Perfect derby drink Marla!


10 Marla April 28, 2014 at 10:53 am

Thanks so much Heather!


11 Meredith April 28, 2014 at 7:25 pm

What a fun drink and ideal for the Derby!


12 Marla April 29, 2014 at 4:50 am

Thanks so much Meredith!


13 Rita schimpff April 29, 2014 at 7:28 am

Great to meet another Bourbon gal! The recipes look wonderful.
The glasses are 1964 Derby Glasses and can usually be found for sale on secondary market.


14 zerrin April 29, 2014 at 11:26 am

Love the combination both in the recipe and in the photos! That beautiful knife reminds me of my grandpa who used to be a great hunter. Pinning these amazing photos!


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