Enjoy La Bottega’s “La Mela” Cocktail at your Kentucky Derby Soiree

La MelaWith the Kentucky Derby just weeks away, it’s time you start planning your Derby soiree.  La Bottega in New York City’s Maritime Hotel has concocted the perfect Italian-themed julep honoring this year’s projected Derby favorite, Verrazano, called “La Mela” (apple in Italian).  If you have no plans to be watching the Derby in NYC, no worries, in order for your to impress your guests, La Bottega has shared their recipe with us.  Enjoy!

La Mela

2 oz. Jack Daniels
2 oz. apple juice
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
½ oz. ginger syrup
4 basil leaves

Muddle the basil leaves and ginger syrup then shake with all other ingredients and pour over ice.