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Derby
Cocktail recipe

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The Derby cocktail is a classic concoction known for its refreshing qualities and elegant simplicity. It strikingly harmonizes the botanical notes of gin with a subtle hint of fruitiness from ... more The Derby cocktail is a classic concoction known for its refreshing qualities and elegant simplicity. It strikingly harmonizes the botanical notes of gin with a subtle hint of fruitiness from the peach bitters, while fresh mint adds an invigorating layer that makes it a popular choice during spring and summer events, especially around the time of the Kentucky Derby for which it is often associated. Traditionally served in a cocktail glass, this drink exudes sophistication and offers a crisp and aromatic experience, making it a favored option for those who appreciate a less sweet, more herbaceous cocktail.
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Mint
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38.71% | 2.4 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Derby cocktail is an understated gem, blending the botanical complexity of gin with the delicate sweetness of peach bitters, achieving a surprising balance that's lifted by the aromatic vibrancy of the mint leaves. Although it may come across as slightly too refined for those with a sweet tooth, it excels as a refreshingly herbaceous option, making it an excellent choice for a sophisticated afternoon soiree or to sip alongside the racetrack.

Method
How to make a Derby

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice
Stir well before straining into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wedge and serve

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FAQ's

FAQ

What is the taste profile of a Derby cocktail?

The Derby cocktail offers a unique and refreshing taste profile. The combination of gin's herbal notes, the sweetness and fruity flavor of peach bitters, and the fresh aroma of mint creates a balanced, slightly sweet, and aromatic drink. It's a perfect choice for those who appreciate a nuanced cocktail that isn't overwhelmingly sweet.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of bitters in a Derby cocktail?

Yes, you can use different types of bitters to experiment with the flavor profile of your Derby cocktail. While peach bitters give a sweet and fruity note to the cocktail, using different bitters such as aromatic or orange bitters can add new dimensions of flavor. Keep in mind that the substitution may change the traditional taste of the drink.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of gin is best for a Derby cocktail?

For a Derby cocktail, a London Dry Gin is often recommended due to its clean, crisp flavor that complements the freshness of the mint leaves and the sweetness of the peach bitters well. However, feel free to explore other types of gin like American or Old Tom to tweak the drink to your taste preference.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

Is there a specific occasion or time of year when the Derby cocktail is traditionally served?

The Derby cocktail, with its refreshing and light qualities, is perfect for spring and summer gatherings, including outdoor events and garden parties. However, its elegant simplicity and delightful taste profile make it a versatile choice for any occasion, year-round.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How can I garnish a Derby cocktail to enhance its presentation?

A popular way to garnish a Derby cocktail is with a fresh mint leaf or a small sprig of mint, which enhances its visual appeal and reinforces the mint flavor. For a more colorful presentation, a twist of lemon peel or a thin slice of peach can be added. Garnishing not only improves the cocktail's presentation but also adds to the overall sensory experience.

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