Image of cocktail the Sure Thing

The 2017 Spring Meet is over and we plan to celebrate its success - and the dog days of summer - in style with a refreshing Southern cocktail. Crafted by celebrity mixologist Charles Joly for Derby 143, The Sure Thing is the perfect antidote to the sweltering summer heat, with a perfect mix of fresh botanicals, fruit, citrus tang, and a touch of fizz. Here's the recipe so you can enjoy your summer and entertain your friends in Derby style. Enjoy!

The Sure Thing

  • 1 ½ oz  Gin
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz dry curacao
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon, strawberry-rhubarb jam
  • Top with 1oz dry sparkling



  • Combine gin, lemon juice, curacao, syrup and jam in a Boston shaker with ice 
  • Shake well and double strain through a sieve into a chilled cocktail coupe 
  • Top with1 oz sparkling wine and garnish with lemon twist


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