Drinking

With the Kentucky Derby on Cinco de Mayo, Mint Juleps Get a Shake-Up

Say olé to the best two minutes in sports with this Derby/Cinco mix-up.
Say olé to the best two minutes in sports with this Derby/Cinco mix-up. courtesy Jalisco Norte
Bars are battening down the hatches. Uber drivers are gassing up. Drinkers are getting primed. The Kentucky Derby, once again, is on Cinco de Mayo — a Saturday, no less. It's almost like the universe needed to see a shit show, and this was its way to bring it to fruition.

That said, bars across DFW (and probably the country) are giving their juleps — the traditional Derby Day cocktail made with just whiskey, simple syrup, mint and water — a bit of a festive twist. The most intriguing we've heard about so far is the Fresa Patrón julep at Jalisco Norte, made with strawberry- and pepper-infused tequila with a jammy French liqueur. Just different enough to pique our interest, just familiar enough to celebrate the best two minutes in sports.

This julep will be available at during the Derby Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jalisco Norte.

Fresa Patrón Julep ($12): strawberry- and pepper-infused Patrón Silver, Giffard Fraise des Bois, fresh mint, crushed ice
Jalisco Norte, 3858 Oak Lawn Ave.
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Susie Oszustowicz