Winners Circle Cocktail for the Kentucky Derby

When I plan a party, I like to serve a signature cocktail to fit the occasion. This is the cocktail I created for this year’s Kentucky Derby party. It features Bourbon and sparkling wine to fit with the Kentucky theme and honor the eventual winner of the big race. 

3/4 ounce Bourbon (I prefer Blanton’s)
1/4 ounce Luxardo (or other Cherry Liqueur)
3 – 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
5 ounces Chilled Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine (Prosecco works well)
Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

Procedure In a champagne flute, add Bourbon, Luxardo and bitters
Top with Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Drop Maraschino Cherry into flute for garnish

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