The Mumm Trifecta

Champagne cocktail garnished with herbs
A picture-perfect spring cocktail from Matthew Biancaniello and G.H. Mumm, official champagne sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. (Photo: Carolina Korman Photography/G.H. Mumm)

Matthew Biancaniello created this herbal spring sipper for "the fastest two minutes in sports" and G.H. Mumm, the official champagne sponsor of the Kentucky Derby — but with a trifecta of sage, lavender and mint, we can see ourselves enjoying it long after the photo finish.


  • 4 ounces G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne
  • 14 ounce sage-infused honey syrup (recipe below)
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 3-4 lavender buds
  • 5 dashes Angostura Bitters


Add the mint, lavender, champagne and honey syrup into a shaker and muddle. Strain into the glassware of your choice. Top with a mountain of crushed ice and add the Angostura bitters on top of the ice. Garnish with mint leaves and lavender sprig.

To make the sage infused honey syrup: Add three cups of honey to one cup of hot water and stir until the honey dissolves. Add 6 ripped sage leaves into the honey and stir and let it sit for 2 hours.