The Kentucky Derby is this weekend and while I like the thought of a mint julep, sometimes it’s just a little too strong for me. Last year for the Derby, my mom and I made traditional mint juleps served in, but of course, her mint julep cups (from Savannah – no less!). We sipped them and watched the Derby and by the end of my drink I think it was nap time for me. So this year I decided to do a bourbon and tangerine cocktail – the perfect twist.
My parents are still visiting and since my mom has been on a little bit of a Manhattan kick lately I have bourbon in my house. I wanted to do something that would be festive but not quite as strong as a mint julep. So, I ran into Whole Foods (I think I should just move in?) and grabbed a couple of pixie tangerines. I had never heard of them and neither had my cashier; he said they were brand new and this was the first shipment of them in. Pixie tangerines are small, sweet, and absolutely delicious and they pair so well with the bourbon. I added a bit of meyer lemon juice into the mix and I came up with a refreshing cocktail that tastes like liquid candy. This is a must try.
Bourbon and Tangerine Cocktail
2 oz bourbon
1 1/2 oz pixie tangerine juice
1/2 oz meyer lemon juice
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned glass over ice. Serve with a slice of tangerine.