Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:04

Toast to Tailgating

Written by  County Lines Magazine

Equestrian season wouldn’t be complete without tailgating ... and special cocktails. Mix up one of our local specialty drinks and enjoy the season in true equestrian style!

 

Image graphic for a Toast to TailgatingThe Winterthur Cooler

Cool off with Winterthur’s new refreshing spring drink—the Winterthur Dandelion Clementine Cooler. Prepared by the museum’s onsite Restaurant Associates chef, this drink is perfect at the Point-to-Point races or during Winterthur’s After Hour events. Or anytime!

  • ½ C. chopped dandelion green leaves
  • 2 clementine tangerines, zested and juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 oz. agave syrup
  • 2 oz. gin (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • Sparkling water
  • Clementine slice, for garnish

Muddle clementine zest, clementine juice, lime juice, agave syrup and dandelion greens.

Shake with gin and ice—or omit the gin. Pour over ice. Top with sparkling water and clementine slice.

Makes 2 drinks.

 

The Willowdale Steeplechaser

This Willowdale Steeplechase race day cocktail is a bright, lemony cousin of the well-loved Mint Julep. Enjoy it with alcohol or without—the nonalcoholic
version is aptly named “The Water Jump.”

  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark or bourbon of your choice
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part honey syrup or simple syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice, for garnish
  • Sparkling water (optional)

Fill traditional silver Mint Julep cup or highball glass with ice cubes and pour in Maker’s Mark or bourbon.

Mix simple syrup and lemon juice and add to glass. Stir gently and garnish with a round slice of lemon.

For a nonalcoholic version, substitute sparkling water for bourbon.

Toast and enjoy!

 

Radnor Hunt Races Riders Up Bloody Mary

The first race is at 1:30 p.m., but at high noon before the tailgating begins, it’s time for a Radnor Hunt Races Riders Up Bloody Mary.

  • 20 oz. V8 Juice
  • 6 oz. vodka
  • 2–3 Tb. horseradish
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • Pinch of celery salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 lemon, jucied
  • Ice cubes
  • Carrot sticks, for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Combine all ingredients, but garnishes, in a small pitcher. Stir.

Add ice to the glasses and pour. Garnish with carrot sticks and cilantro. Makes 4 drinks.

And they’re off!

 

Wine: Equestrian Style

Prefer to pour wine than mix cocktials? These wines come complete with horses on the labels and fitting names for your tailgate. Trot over to your nearest retailer and stock up!

  • 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend
  • 14 Hands Hot to Trot White Blend
  • 14 Hands Stampede Red Blend
  • 14 Hands Kentucky Derby Red Blend Limited Release
  • 14 Hands Pinot Gris Columbia Valley Washington
  • 14 Hands Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley Washington
  • Cecchi La Mora Vermentino
  • Firesteed Pinot Noir Rosé Willamette Valley
  • Firesteed Riesling
  • Francis Coppola Director’s Merlot
  • Light Horse California Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Light Horse California Chardonnay
  • Light Horse California Pinot Noir
  • Placido Chianti
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Whiplash California Red Blend
  • Whiplash California Zinfandel
  • Wild Horse Pinot Noir Central Coast