Off to the Races for Derby Day

Hold your horses, the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 6th, so get ready to place your bets, because there’s a myriad of options on where to watch the 149th Run for the Roses along with crowd pleading mint julep and cocktail recipes that are easy to make at home.

Horse racing fans are invited to watch the Kentucky Derby at Dantanna’s with mint julep cocktail in hand. Cozy up inside the iconic Atlanta sports watching restaurant to watch the race or enjoy their expansive, dog-friendly patio. Calm the pre-race jitters down with libations and items from Dantanna’s full menu of sizzling steaks, fresh seafood, juicy burgers, hearty salads and much more. Dantanna’s also offers a wide selection of cigars that guests can explore at The Buckhead Cigar Store inside the restaurant. For more information or to make a reservation, visit  or call 404.760.8873. Dantanna’s is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @dantannas.

Belly up to the bar, relax in the dining room, or grab a seat on the patio at Boone’s, because this neighborhood, go-to dining destination will be serving its signature mint juleps in honor of the Kentucky Derby. Know for its easy going atmosphere, approachable American cuisine, and sweeping views of Bobby Jones Golf Course, Boone’s is an ideal spot to watch The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. Boone’s is located at Bobby Jones Golf Course at 2205 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information, please call 770.835.4267 or visit

Hosting a Kentucky viewing party at home? Partygoers looking to impress their guests with a specialty mint julep recipe are invited to stir up Bully Boy’s Bourbon #2 Julep featuring Maker’s Mark bourbon, mint, strawberry and dill shrub and lemon. For more information or to make reservations, visit, or call 678-904-5607. Located at 828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 the Beltline restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @bullyboyatl.

Boy’s Bourbon #2 Julep 

Ingredients: 2 oz Makers Mark Bourbon
1.25 oz SMD Shrub
Strawberry – pint blended 
Dill – ½ pint chopped 
Mint – 1 quart chopped
Lemon – 3 ( zest & juice)
Sugar – pint 
Champagne vinegar – ½ pint
Apple Cider Vinegar – ½ pint
H2O – ½ pint 

Combine all of the ingredients, cover and sit in walk-in over night. 
Strain and store in cool place.
In a glass bruise 4/5 mint leaves.
Add bourbon and SMD Shrub to glass.
Top with crushed ice.
Stir until frosty.
Top with expressed mint.

Looking for an easy breezy, party pleasing cocktail that has Atlanta written all over it? Try TWO urban licks’

bourbon-powered Coca-Cola slushy that was featured in Garden & GunTWO urban licks’ Bourbon-and-Coke Slushy


2 oz. bourbon

½ cup ice



Fill an ice tray with Coca-Cola (about a can and a half) and freeze. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until they form a slush. Pour into a glass and, if you like, garnish with a cherry or a slice of lime. Enjoy! 

TWO urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or calling 404.522.4622. Stay connected on Instagram @twourbanlicks, on Twitter @twourbanlicks, or on Facebook at

Beer lovers, rejoices! Wild Heaven Beer x Bulleit Frontier Whiskey released their 6th collaboration beer, Neon Roses, during a private event at Westside Motor Lounge. Inspired by (and just in time for) the Kentucky Derby, the rich, malty wheat wine that boasts notes of spearmint, toasty bourbon oak and sweet vanilla and is an ideal addition to any viewing party. Available at both Wild Heaven breweries, at Westside Motor Lounge and more, visit for more information.