The time has come for horses, bourbon and completely ridiculous looking hats – that’s right, The Kentucky Derby is just a few days away! Whether you’re rooting for the number one horse, Orb, or number 52, Little Jerry, there’s one thing that everyone can agree on…Derby Day Cocktails from Sparkling ICE and VOGA Italia Wine!
As a zero calorie beverage, Sparkling ICE combines naturally flavored sparkling mountain spring water, fruit juices, vitamins and antioxidants. If you’re looking for a low-calorie twist on the classic Mint Julep, Sparkling ICE offers a Mint Julep Jolt, which has a bit of a sour kick to it and is sure to get you off your feet and cheering for your favorite horse!
And for those of you who have money riding on the race, why not try a Wagering Whiskey Pop from to ease the tension! Featuring VOGA Sparkling, this bubbly beverage will keep your spirits high, even if your funds are running low.
The Mint Julep Jolt
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 oz Sparkling ICE Lemonade
- 4 Mint Leaves
- 2 Sugar Cubes
- Crushed Ice
Place the mint leaves at the bottom of a glass and crush (for real authenticity use a julep cup). Pour in the Bourbon and Sparkling ICE Lemonade. Add in the crushed ice and stir. Garnish with mint sprig.
Wagering Whiskey Pop
- 1 Sugar Cube
- 4 drops of angostura aromatic bitters
- 1/2 shot of bourbon whisky
- Top it off with VOGA Sparkling
Polish the sugar cube with bitters and drop it into the glass. Pour bourbon whisky into a chilled glass. Top it off with VOGA Sparkling.
Racing Raspberry Tea
- 1 bottle of Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE
- 4 mint tea bags
- 5-6 limes
- Mint sprigs
- Honey or agave nectar (optional)
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 4 bags of mint tea. Steep for 10 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Approximately 8 teaspoons of lime juice, also chilled.
Mix 1 cup of the chilled mint tea with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the lime juice in a chilled glass. If you would like your tea extra sweet add in some honey, agava nectar, otherwise skip to the next step.
Add ¼ cup of chilled Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE to fill the glass. Add crushed ice and stir. Add a lime wedge and mint sprig for garnish
- 3-4 fresh figs, sliced (or 1 cup dried figs)
- 1-2 fresh gala apples, sliced
- 1 cup of cherries
- 2-3 oranges, sliced (not peeled)
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 2 bottles VOGA Italia Merlot
- 3 cups sparkling apple cider
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ cup brandy
- ½ cup dark spiced rum
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 5 whole cloves
Slice apples and insert whole cloves directly into the fruit. Combine all fruit slices in a glass pitcher and slowly pour in brandy and wine. Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!)
Before serving, add sparkling cider and orange juice. Stir gently and serve over ice.
Makes about 15 servings
- 1.25 oz. Rum
- 1.25 oz. Sparkling ICE Kiwi Strawberry
- 3 oz. frozen strawberries
- 1 cup crushed ice
Add Rum, Sparkling ICE Kiwi Strawberry, frozen strawberries, and crushed ice in a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into glass. Garnish with strawberry.