Need the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail? Here you go!
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. Also, try our brand new Mezcal version with our Mexican Mint Julep!
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- 5 mint leaves
- 1 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz bourbon
- crushed ice
- mint sprig
- 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.
- Fill glass with crushed ice.
- Add in simple syrup, bourbon and fill the glass with ice until it mounds over the top.
- Garnish with mint sprig.
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