Big week ahead!
Updated: May 3, 2021
Friends, the first week of May offers us not one, not two, but three!! occasions on which we can celebrate with delicious cocktails. So, get ready, gather your ingredients, and lift some extra weights the next few days so you can shake up those cocktails with vigor! And, as Stanley Tucci so pithily says in The Devil Wears Prada, “Gird your loins.” (We jest! We always advocate imbibing responsibly, of course!)
So today, we offer you a menu of drinks to juice up your celebrations of the big three “holidays” that are right around the corner:
🐎 The Kentucky Derby - May 1
💫 May the 4th - May 4 (obvi)
🇲🇽 Cinco de Mayo - May 5
The Kentucky Derby
The traditional cocktail of the “most exciting two minutes in sports” is the mint julep. Over 120,000 juleps are consumed at the Derby each year — gird your loins, for sure! 😳 The mint julep is so much fun to make and will make your home smell amazing while you’re mixing it up.
The Mint Julep
2 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. simple syrup
6 fresh mint leaves
Take three of the mint leaves and give them a good slap between your palms. This will express the oils in the mint and release the wonderful aromas. Lightly rub the leaves around the inside of your glass, and then leave the mint in the bottom. Next, add crushed ice to the glass until it is almost full. (Traditionally, ice is crushed in a Lewis bag. If you don’t have one, you can DIY it by placing a good amount of ice cubes into a Ziploc bag and sealing it; make sure to get all the air out. Wrap the bag in a kitchen towel, and whack that ice with a meat tenderizer, back of a small saucepan, or whatever you have on hand in the kitchen that will crush some ice into smaller pieces.) Next, pour the bourbon over the ice, followed by the simple syrup. Add another layer of ice until it makes a small mound at the top of the glass. Gently and lightly stir to incorporate the ingredients. Garnish with remaining mint leaves. Sip & enjoy with a straw!
May the 4th....be with you
Well, fellow Star Wars nerds, the big day is almost here! Head over to the Mos Eisley cantina and order up a Blue Milk of Tatooine. Don't forget the house rules:
"Leave your droids outside. You don't want Wuher on your case. Keep your blaster holstered! Why ask for trouble? Find an empty table or barstool. Crowding other customers will only end in tears. Be friendly. Buy a drink for your neighbor at the bar. Applaud the band—even if they're way off-key!"
This is The Fizzy Coupe's take on a Blue Milk of Tatooine - it's tiki-inspired, full of fresh citrus and coconut. Perfect for cooling off on a scorching day on Tatooine. Don't have too many or you won't be able to tell who shot first.
Blue Milk of Tatooine
1 1/2 oz. white rum
1 oz. blue curaçao
1 oz. cream of coconut
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed orange
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 oz. pineapple juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Sip & enjoy!
Cinco de Mayo
AKA the holiday that Americans use as an excuse to consume an absurd quantity of Margaritas. They are delicious, so it’s not unwarranted! We’ve shared the delicious Tommy’s Margarita in the past, and the Paloma is another delicious option if you’re wanting to mix it up. Today, we’re sharing the classic margarita. Don’t forget to pick up fresh citrus - you don’t want to use the bottled stuff, trust us!
2 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. (Optional: rub your spent lime around the rim of
the glass, and roll the juiced rim in salt
before adding liquid.) Sip & enjoy!
Wishing you a joyous week and delicious cocktails! Don't forget to tag your drinks on Instagram with @thefizzycoupe / #thefizzycoupe so we can see those delectable drinks!