Kentucky Derby – Mint Julep Cocktail

Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby with bourbon, mint simple syrup and ice

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Need the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail? Here you go with this classic Mint Julep recipe!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby with bourbon, mint simple syrup and ice

 

 

 

Mint Julep Cocktail

Churchill Downs has promoted Mint Juleps since 1938. Each year around 120,000 this classic mint julep recipe are served over the 2 day race period. That’s a lot! 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!

 

 

 

 

How Much Does it Cost for a Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby?

Well, about $1,000, and it’s made by Woodford Reserve. I don’t know about you, but I can make it much cheaper at home! So make this recipe!

 

 

 

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Mint Julep in a rocks glass with mint and heaped ice. Knob Creek bourbon bottle and basket in background

Rocks Glasses / Lewis Bag & Mallet (for that perfect crushed ice!)

 

 

What Ingredients are Needed for the Mint Julep?

  • Bourbon
  • Simple Syrup
  • Mint

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep - A Bourbon Cocktail
Yield: 1

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep - A Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

A celebration cocktail for the Kentucky Derby or anytime for a refreshing drink. This classic mint julep recipe is a tasty one!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

Clap the mint leaves between her 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.

Cheers!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282 Total Fat: 0.3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 41mg Carbohydrates: 38.6g Fiber: 2.3g Sugar: 0g Protein: 1.1g

 

 

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Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby with bourbon, mint, simple syrup and crushed ice

 

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Kentucky Derby – Mint Julep Cocktail

  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’ 😉

  3. I’ve never had one but that picture is making my mouth water for one!!! I love me some delicious whiskey so I bet this is amazing.

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