Skip to main content

Grapefruit &Thyme Bourbon Smash #DerbyDayRecipes


When Ellen from Family Around the Table suggested a blogging event around Derby Day, I jumped at the chance though I wasn't completely sure I knew what that meant. So, I looked up the definition...

derby
noun  der·by \ˈdər-bē, especially British ˈdär-\
definition
1. any of several horse races held annually and usually restricted to three-year-olds
2. a race or contest open to all comers or to a specified category of contestants bicycle derby
3. a man's stiff felt hat with dome-shaped crown and narrow brim

Ellen writes: "It’s said that in Louisville, Kentucky for 6 months leading up to the Kentucky Derby, that all conversation revolves around Derby Day. My blogger colleagues and I share some derby inspired foods. Is your hat ready?"
Though I know that Mint Juleps are the cocktail of choice for this day, I decided to go with a cocktail that celebrated winter citrus's last hurrah and used bourbon. This Grapefruit &Thyme Bourbon Smash is full of bright citrus flavor and aromatic herbs. Muddled kumquat and thyme, combined with fresh grapefruit juice and delicious Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the Derby!

Grapefruit & Thyme Bourbon Smash

Ingredients makes 2 cocktails

  • 10 sprigs fresh organic thyme
  • 2 organic kumquats, halved
  • 1 t organic granulated sugar
  • 6 cold whiskey stones
  • 3 ounces Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 C freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • 2 grapefruit slices for serving
  • 2 sprigs fresh organic thyme for serving
  • sparkling water

Procedure
Place the thyme sprigs, kumquat halves, and sugar and add to a cocktail shaker. Muddle to release the juice from the kumquat for at least 60 seconds. Pour the bourbon, grapefruit juice and bitters to the shaker. And stir for 20 seconds.



Fill your chilled glasses with ice or whiskey stones and strain the cocktail between the two glasses. Top off with sparkling water. Garnish each glass with a grapefruit slice and a sprig of thyme. Serve immediately. Cheers!

Comments

  1. What a refreshing cocktail, not only for Derby Day but any day! We have friends with a kumquat tree!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love the citrus used in this drink, especially the kumquats. I'm going to skewer them and use them as garnish.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I know what I am having while I am watching the Derby tonight, Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Jamaican Stew Peas #EattheWorld

  Here we are at November #EattheWorld event. What a year this has been! This challenge has been one that gave us some excuse for virtual travel as we've been sheltered-in-place with the coronavirus epidemic for most of 2020. So, we've been able to read about different parts of the world and create a dinner, or at least a dish, with that cuisine. This Eat the World project is spearheaded by Evelyne of  CulturEatz . Read more about  her challenge . This month, Evelyne had us heading to somewhere tropical: Jamaica. I have actually been to Jamaica, but it was almost thirty years ago...and it was just a jumping off point for the rest of our Caribbean exploration. I don't remember eating anything at all! Pandemonium Noshery: Pumpkin Rice   Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Jamaican Stew Peas  Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Jamaican Chicken & Pumpkin Soup   Palatable Pastime: Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burger   Sneha’s Recipe: Jamaican Saucy Jerk Chicken Wings With Homemade Jerk Seas

#comfortfood: Jamie Oliver's Ossobuco with Bean Ragout

As one of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day Ambassadors ( I'm the Monterey #FRD2014 rep! ) I will be sent a copy of his latest cookbook - to cook from and write about. I can't wait. I do have to laugh though, because its title is  Comfort Food . And, according to a good friend:  I only make uncomfortable food . Oh, well. I can learn! To celebrate launch day - today - I'm sharing one of the recipes. Here's Jamie Oliver's Ossobuco alla Milanese recipe from his new cookbook, Comfort Food. And here's my adaptation. I typically don't eat veal, so I went to our local butcher for some lamb shanks sliced into an osso buco-style cut; but they had just sold their last shanks. Darn. But then I noticed the "never tethered...free to roam" on the veal package and decided to go for it. I added in shelling beans to make a ragout and served it over wild rice instead of risotto. Also, I used lots of different herbs in my gremolata instead of just pa

Learning About Chablis, A Compelling Label, and Gougères #PureChablis #Winophiles #Sponsored

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  Chablis Wines   in conjunction with the  May 2021 Chablis  #Winophiles  event.  Complimentary wine was provided for this post  though no other compensation was received.  This page may contain affiliate links. Jill of L'Occasion is hosting the French Winophiles this month and we are turning our eyes towards the wines of Chablis. And Chablis Wines* graciously sponsored the event, sending sample to several members of our group. I will be sharing pairing for all of these soon. But I received my package at the final hour and only had time to explore one bottle so far. If you are reading this early enough, join in the live Twitter chat on Saturday, May 15th at 8am Pacific. Just follow the hashtags #Winophiles and #PureChablis. And be sure to add those to anything you tweet so we can see it. Here's what the #Winophiles crew is sharing about all things Chablis... Pinny at Chinese Food and Wine Pairing gives us All Things #PureCh