Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

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In honor of the Kentucky Derby race, we celebrated by making our own Mint Juleps! The Mint Julep was first prescribed in 1784 for stomach issues, and in 1803 was described in a book in London as, “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.” In the nineteenth century juleps were made with both bourbon and Jenever, an aged gin. Churchill Downs has promoted Mint Juleps since 1938. Each year around 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the 2 day race period. While Woodford Reserve is the official whiskey of the Kentucky Derby, we chose another Kentucky Bourbon, Knob Creek, which is one of our favorites.

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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Ingredients

  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • crushed ice
  • mint sprig

Instructions

  1. Clap the mint leaves between your hands to release the oils, rub the inside of the glass with them, place them in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Fill glass with crushed ice.
  3. Add in simple syrup, bourbon and fill the glass with ice until it mounds over the top.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.
  5. Cheers!
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25 thoughts on “Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

  1. Two things: My daughter started a new tradition of making mint juleps for Easter! And my grandmother collected mint julep Kentucky Derby glasses (although we’ve never been allowed to use them to actually drink anything out of!). Your recipe is different I think from the one my daughter uses, which I believe has the mint in as part of the syrup.

    1. Its about as close as you can get to the real thing! Give it a try its pretty tasty tho it might be a bit strong for those who aren’t regular bourbon drinkers!

  2. This looks really good! I bought some bourbon a while ago to make some special bread pudding, so this is a great excuse to ‘use up the leftovers’ 😉

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