Run for the Roses with Kentucky Derby Cocktails at Social

bourbon-breakfast-46-barrel-1.jpgSeersucker, a proper hat, 10-to-1 odds on a horse named after a war (there were three to choose from). Now all you need is a drink—bourbon, preferably. After all, it’s America’s native spirit, and the official tipple of the Kentucky Derby. But tiptoe past the juleps on May 4 and do Derby Day your way. While you cheer your thoroughbred on to the win at Social center bar in the Palms, sip an eye-opening Bourbon Breakfast (it’s got bacon!), the 46 & Barrel (a barrel-aged bourbon Manhattan based on a delicious cherry-and-fig-infused Maker’s Mark 46), or Woodford Reserve on the rocks (the official bourbon of “the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”). But if you’re thinking your gloved hand would just feel naked without a frosty julep cup (my, aren’t we dainty), Social will offer $8 mint juleps made with 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, a straight bourbon from, where else but Kentucky. You’re already wearing the seersucker—might as well take it to the finish line.

Bourbon Breakfast

As served at Social in the Palms, $14

In a mixing glass, combine 1½ ounce Baker’s 107-proof bourbon, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1 ounce maple syrup, 1 barspoon orange marmalade, 2-3 dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters and 1 dash of egg whites. Add ice, cover, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice in a large old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a strip of crisp bacon.

46 & Barrel

As served at Social in the Palms, $14

Combine 2 cups dried cherries, 2 cups dried figs, 6 750 mililiter bottles ofMaker’s Mark 46 and 3 liters of Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth in an airtight container to infuse. After a minimum of 72 hours, strain out the solids and transfer to a 3 gallon white American-oak barrel for a minimum of 48 hours (after that, taste frequently until it has reached the desired flavor profile). Spray a bourbon glass with 2-3 pumps of atomized orange bitters. In a separate mixing glass filled with quality ice, combine 2 ounces of the infused mixture with 2-3 dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitter. Stir for 15 seconds and strain over a large-format ice sphere in bourbon glass. Garnish with half orange wheel.