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Ocean City SpringFest+The Kentucky Derby+Bourbon=A Fun Weekend




The weekend of May 4th, 5th and 6th is always a fun and exciting time here in Ocean City, MD with our kick off to a new season called SpringFest.  We celebrate with a weekend full of great music, good food and lots of arts and crafts.  To add to the festivities the Kentucky Derby is run on Saturday May 4th which is always exciting whether you have a bet on the race or not.  Traditionally, on race day, the ladies wear big hats and the men dress in sear sucker suits while everyone drinks mint juleps but since we are in Ocean City we will forgo the hats and suits for more casual attire.  However; I think anytime is a good time for a Bourbon Cocktail, especially on Kentucky Derby Day, so here are a few recipes that you may find tasty and easy to make.

The Classic Mint Julep

¾ ounce simple syrup

10 mint leaves

3 ounces of good Bourbon

Crushed Ice

In a tall glass place all the mint leaves in the bottom and add the simple syrup, then muddle.  Fill the glass half way with crushed ice and then pour in the Bourbon.  Stir vigorously to chill and then fill the glass again with crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.


Bourbon Mojito

1 ½ ounce Bourbon

Fresh Mint

2 tbl simple syrup

3 or 4 mint leaves

2 Lime wedges

Splash of Triple Sec

Club Soda

In a shaker add the mint leaves, lime wedges and simple syrup and muddle.  Fill shaker half full with ice and add the Bourbon and Triple Sec then cover and shake to chill.  In a tall glass rimmed with sugar filled with ice pour in the liquid straining out the ice.  Top with Club Soda and garnish with a lime slice.

Manhattan Noonday

1 ½ ounce of Bourbon

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

1 dash of Angostura Bitters

1 dash of Simple Syrup

1 Maraschino cherry


In a shaker filled with ice add all the ingredients except the cherry.  Shake to chill and pour into a rock glass (Manhattans are traditionally served “straight up”) add cherry for garnish.


Bourbon Bramble

1 ounce St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)

1 ounce Bourbon

½ Crème de Cassis

Fresh Lemon juice from half a lemon

In a shaker filled with ice combine all the ingredients and shake to chill.  Fill a rocks glass with ice and strain the cocktail and fill. Garnish with lemon wedge.


These are all fun cocktails to serve to your friends and fairly easy to make.  One note to anyone who does not know what simple syrup is; the recipe is as follows: Equal parts sugar and water heated in a pan and allowed to reduce by 1/3.  Chill and use.  Also my rule of thumb for all things edible, “The better the raw ingredients the better the final product”, in other words don’t skimp on the quality of the Bourbon!

So have a great weekend here in Ocean City or at home with a yummy cocktail in your hand.  Hope your horse wins!

Hardcore Foodie
Hardcore Foodiehttps://www.oceancity.com
The Hardcore Foodie has been in and around the restaurant business for over 40 years. Starting out as a busboy during his teen years he attended Johnson and Wales and graduated with a degree in Hospitality/Hotel/Restaurant Management. Following graduation he worked for Sheraton, Hilton and Marriott properties on the east coast. Later in his career he managed well known, high end, freestanding Italian and French restaurants in Washington DC, Atlanta Ga., Scottsdale Az. and San Diego Ca. Upon returning to DC he worked for Marriott Food Services as GM of both the House of Representatives and Senate Capitol Building operations for 5 years. The Hardcore Foodie has lived in Ocean City, Md. for 12 years but still keeps active in the food industry through consulting, writing and constant research.

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