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Bourbon Cocktail: Need More Derby

Summer Whiskey Cocktail

A peppery orange and peppercorn syrup adds layers of sweetness and spice to this whiskey drink.

In this ode to the Kentucky Derby, bourbon bolsters a sweet and spicy mix of cantaloupe, lemon, and orange-szechuan syrup.


  • 1½ oz. bourbon
  • 1½ oz. fresh cantaloupe juice
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz. orange-szechuan syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • fresh mint
  • Tools:muddler, barspoon
  • Glass:hurricane
  • Garnish:mint


Add the mint to your glass and muddle gently. Add the liquid ingredients and stir with enough crushed ice to fill the glass three-quarters full. Add more crushed ice, then garnish with a mint sprig.

Orange-Szechuan Syrup: Simmer 1 cup of water and 1 cup of raw sugar over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat, add the zest of 4 small oranges and 1 Tbsp. of Szechuan peppercorns, then cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Let cool and strain. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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