Named for the winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby, this Royale'd Brown Derby-by-way-of-the-Donga Punch is a heckuva springtime southern cooler, perfect for bolo tie-wearing I Do Declarers and cosseted, corseted Southern dames alike. 10 in 10 Southern doctors recommend this potion as a cure for the Vapors. Perfectly adaptable to the punch format, this parching quaff will have you calling out its name as you ask for a second, a third, a fifteenth round. Created by Rafa García Febles, NYC, 2013.
1.5 oz bourbon
1 oz white grapefruit juice
3/4 oz cinnamon syrup
1.5 oz dry white sparkling wine (Champagne preferred)
1 slice grapefruit and 1 pinch powdered cinnamon as garnish
1/2 oz lemon juice
Shake all but sparkling wine and garnishes briefly with plenty of ice and strain into a roly-poly glass or double Old Fashioned glass over one large rock of fresh ice. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel lightly dusted with cinnamon. Sip and fan yourself and enjoy the day's races.
Becherovka makes a good substitute (or adjunct) for the cinnamon syrup.