Go Local with your Kentucky Derby Cocktail

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The 144th Annual Kentucky Derby is on the horizon and many of you are likely looking for the perfect Derby-inspired cocktail. Although many choose to imbibe with the great horse race’s iconic Mint Julep, others may be interested in a lighter spirit.

Charlestontians should try Dixie Vodka’s Clubhouse Cooler, a cocktail made with a local spirit. The beverage is a riff on the iconic Arnold Palmer, a refreshing spring cocktail with Dixie Mint Vodka, sweet iced tea, and tangy lemonade.

The Clubhouse Cooler (this is a batched recipe intended for punch-style serving)
  • 1 bottle Dixie Mint Vodka
  • 4 cups of lemonade
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large tea bags (or 12 individual) for iced tea (or purchase your choice of pre-made sweet tea)
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • 8 lemon slices

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add in tea bags. Let tea bags steep for 5 minutes then remove. Stir in one cup of sugar until dissolved. Pour tea, lemonade, and Dixie Mint Vodka into preferred punch serving bowl. Add additional 3 quarts of water and stir together. Muddle handful of mint leaves in a separate bowl and add to punch ingredients. Cover and chill until cool. Fill mason jars with ice and pour in tea. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon slice. Sit back and enjoy!

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Dixie Vodka launched in South Carolina in 2014 by Grain & Barrel Spirits and now includes four unique flavors: Dixie Southern Vodka, Dixie Black Pepper, Dixie Mint, and Dixie Citrus. Awards include the top Platinum Medal, as voted by consumers, at the 2014 - 2017 Sip Awards, along with multiple Gold Medals and “Best Buy” endorsements by the Beverage Testing Institute. Dixie Vodka is proud to be a member of 1% For The Planet.

Photo and recipe provided by Dixie Vodka.

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