Quench your thirst with a refreshing, sweet and tart Kentucky Lemonade on Derby Day.

This year’s Kentucky Derby kicks-off today!

And it’s safe to say, visitors to the race will go after the classic Mint Julep as if it’s going out of style. After all, it’s the events official drink since 1939.

If you are looking for a more refreshing (and less alcohol-heavy) alternative, I definitely recommend a delicious, sweet and tart Kentucky Lemonade.

Kentucky Lemonade: A Refreshing Bourbon Cocktail To Try

Sweet, tart and a little fizzy, this homemade boozy lemonade is the perfect drink now that the days are getting warmer.

If you are looking for a real crowd pleaser for your next outdoor party, you can’t go wrong with Kentucky Lemonade.

You can easily make the lemonade ahead of time; it will keep well in the fridge for a day or two. Just add the ice and fresh lemon wedges just before serving.

Kentucky Lemonade: A Refreshing Bourbon Cocktail To Try

Recipe: Kentucky Lemonade

Yields c. 2 litres of lemonade

120 g sugar
200 ml water
400 ml lemon juice
60 g mint leaves, roughly chopped
150 ml bourbon
1.5 l ginger ale
lemon wheels for garnishing

How to make it

In a small saucepan, add sugar and water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Take from the heat and add mint leaves, lemon juice, and bourbon. Stir to combine and set aside to let completely cool.

Pour through a fine strainer.

Top up with the ginger ale, then refrigerate until needed.

Serve with ice and a lemon wheel for garnishing.

Kentucky Lemonade: A Refreshing Bourbon Cocktail To Try