21 and over? Next time you head to the stadium or racetrack, make sure to bring your ID. Several of the world’s annual major sporting events are known for more than just heroic feats of athleticism, but also for their signature sports cocktails. Enjoy sipping in the stands as the players do all the heavy lifting on the field.
U.S. Open Tennis Championships: Honey Deuce
Get served an ace of a cocktail at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. The Grey Goose Honey Deuce consists of Grey Goose Vodka, lemonade, raspberry liqueur and garnished with a frozen honeydew melon ball skewer. It’s poured into a commemorative souvenir cup listing previous U.S. Open champions.
Kentucky Derby: Mint Julep
Hold your horses! The Mint Julep has been the signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby since 1939. Almost 120,000 of these beverages are served each year at Churchill Downs in only two days’ time. Served in silver julep cups or frosted glasses, ingredients include sugar, water, sprigs of fresh mint, crushed ice and Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky.
The Masters: Azalea Cocktail
Four! Well, maybe you should pace yourself at The Masters with their Azalea Cocktail. Lime juice, pineapple juice, gin and grenadine make up this drink at the Augusta, Georgia, course.
Wimbledon: Pimm’s Cup
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Wimbledon’s Pimm’s Cup is worth a trip across the pond to the All England Club. The signature drink consists of Pimm’s Original No. 1, lemonade, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale, mint leaves, thin cucumber slices, orange slices and strawberries. Cheerio!
Designing a signature cocktail for an event gives planners and mixologists creative control for their imaginations to run wild with ingredients and fun names. Guests feel inclined to try it because it feels special and exclusive. It also simplifies things because attendees have an easier time deciding what to order and bartenders can get in the rhythm of quickly whipping up the drink, confident that they have all the right ingredients on hand.