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By Stef Schwalb

Wild horses (or even those at the racetrack) couldn’t drag us away from wanting to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year. Not only does it fall on a Saturday, which is a perfect setup for sleeping in on Sunday, but for those who prefer the ponies…the Kentucky Derby is also going down that day. So we thought, why not offer up a few unique cocktail suggestions that cover both? We’re betting our fellow beauties will find these muy bueno.

Courtesy Zignum Mezcal

Start Le Revolucion with Zignum Mezcal and Madarine Napoléon
1 ½ oz. Zignum Reposado
¾ oz. Mandarine Napoléon
¼ oz. Lemon Juice
½ oz. Apricot Nectar
Mix all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake vigorously, strain into a cocktail glass and serve. They also have a recipe for an awesome Emperor’s Margarita. For more info, check out http://www.zignummezcal.com and http://www.mandarinenapoleon.com.

Courtesy DRAMBUIE®

Open wide for the DRAMBUIE® Cactus Bite (created by expert mixologist and DRAMBUIE® brand ambassador, Anthony Caporale)

In a mixing tin half-filled with ice add:

1 oz. DRAMBUIE®
2 oz. Reposado Tequila
Juice of ½ Lemon
½ tsp. Sugar
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake until tin is frosted, strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge, serve with a straw. There is also a recipe for a delectable DRAMBUIE® Margarita. For more info, head to http://www.drambuie.

Courtesy The London NYC

Let a race of taste blossom with The London Bloom, a Kentucky Derby cocktail.

3 oz. Bombay Gin
2 oz. St-Germain Liquor
Muddled Basil, Cucumber and Ginger
Lime Juice
Muddle the cucumber, ginger cubes and fresh basil leaves all together with a splash of lime juice. Add the Bombay Gin and St-Germain, shake vigorously on ice, and pour in a martini glass. The mixologists at The London NYC’s The London Bar have also created the bountiful Brandy Berry Blue for Cinco de Mayo and the gorgeous Gilded Lily for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. For more info, log on to http://www.thelondonnyc.com_gordonramsay or go there in person to The London Bar at The London NYC on 151 West 54th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Originally published May 2012
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