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  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 16 Ounces Early Times Kentucky Bourbon, 2 per mint julep
  • Crushed ice
  • 10 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 Cups water


Combine water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil to make simple syrup. Boil for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with two sprigs of fresh mint and refrigerate overnight. To make your mint julep, start by filling each mint julep glass with crushed ice. Add one tablespoon of the mint flavored simple syrup then two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip and enjoy!

Mint Julep Recipe

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No Mint Inside the 2021 Mint Julep

  • 2021 Kentucky Derby $1,000 Mint Julep Silver Cup.
  • 2021 Kentucky Derby $2.500 Mint Julep Gold Cup.

Yes, you read the right. There is no muddled mint inside the 2021 $1,000 or $2,500 Mint Julep. There’s a sprig added for a garnish so technically it’s in there but without the muddling of the mint it’s just well, different. As for the mint garnish it’s there and you can still spank it before placing it in your glass whether that’s the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup or your own Red Solo cup. Think Churchill Downs Millionaire’s Row vs. Infield here.

Why the Mint Julep Is the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby

As horses toe the start line at Churchill Downs May 1, 2021, they'll be racing again in front of fans, albeit at 50 percent capacity. That's still a lot of fans — Churchill Downs can hold 165,000 people. But fans in those stands is a good thing, considering the 2020 Kentucky Derby was delayed until September, and ran for the first time ever with no fans at all because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But some things will never change about Derby Day, and that includes traditions like big hats and cocktails, specifically the mint julep.

This Churchill Downs staple — a cocktail with bourbon, fresh mint, ice, sugar and water — has been the Kentucky Derby's official drink since 1938, but experts believe its history here goes well beyond the '30s. Churchill Downs representative Sara Brown Meehan told Good Morning America that some say racetrack officials planted mint for the cocktail as early as 1875, when the famed race began.

A Mint Julep History

Mint juleps are as synonymous with the Kentucky Derby as oversized hats, but these cocktails actually originated more than 400 miles (643 kilometers) away. Virginia is credited with spearheading the mint julep movement. The first account dates back to 1803, when Englishman John Davis defined it as "a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians of a morning," in his book "Travels of Four and a Half Years in the United States of America."

At that time, the bourbon wasn't the spirit of choice. In fact, any spirit would do. It wasn't until the 1770s when Virginians moved west — taking the mint julep with them — that Kentucky added a signature twist to the cocktail: bourbon. Virginians used rum and brandy in their mint juleps, but Henry Clay, a Kentucky senator in the early 1800s, introduced bourbon, Kentucky's renowned spirit, as the base.

As a beloved Kentucky drink, the mint julep slowly seeped its way into Derby culture. Records even show broadcasters lamenting the lack of the drink during Prohibition from 1920 to 1933.

The Signature Silver Cup

In Kentucky Derby culture, the julep cup is just as important as the cocktail itself. These sleek sterling silver cups predate the derby. The cups date back to the 1800s when early Kentucky silversmiths from Lexington and Louisville debuted the design.

"It was a popular gift for christenings, weddings or a graduation," Natalia Cardenas, brand ambassador for the derby's official bourbon, Woodford Reserve, says in an email. "Records dating back to the 1800s show that julep cups were being given out as prizes at the county fair."

Race officials used julep cups as trophies for first-place jockeys in the 1820s. The signature design, known for a wide-footed base and either a beaded rim or bands at the top, is more than just decorative. "It is meant to be held only by touching the top or the bottom, allowing the silver to frost over," Cardenas says.

Since its inception, the julep cup has taken many forms. In 2008, Churchill Downs debuted the largest mint julep glass in the world: a 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter) cup with a 206 gallon (779-liter) capacity that's the equivalent of 5,000 mint juleps. Woodford Reserve and Tiffany & Co. also auctioned off three luxe julep cups in 2011. The cups, which started at $2,000, boasted 24-karat-gold bases that the high-end jeweler used for horse racing trophies in 1876. The Derby typically serves its juleps in glass souvenir cups, though.

Make a Mean Mint Julep

They may be best served in sterling silver cups, but crafting a mint julep at home doesn't have to be daunting. Cardenas gave us her recipe for making a Woodford Reserve mint julep:

  • 5 to 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 0.5 ounce simple syrup
  • crushed ice
  • 2 ounces of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  1. Lightly muddle the mint and simple syrup in your mint julep cup.
  2. Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice.
  3. Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.
  4. Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with a mint sprig.

Cardenas recommends Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey because its flavor is powerful enough to stand up to the ingredients, and at 90.4 proof, it can last for a handful of races. "Be sure not to over-muddle the mint, as it tends to make the drink bitter," Cardenas says. "Make sure your simple syrup is equal parts sugar to water, and crushed ice is best because it dilutes and chills the cocktail the fastest." To make crushed ice at home, Cardenas says just wrap up a few ice cubes in a clean dish towel and crush it with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet.

Molly Wellmann, a renowned mixologist in Cincinnati, says she looks for bourbon that creates a well-balanced drink for her mint juleps. "Old Forester is an excellent choice because it isn't too spicy and the corn shows through," she says in an email. "I wouldn't recommend using a high-rye bourbon." Wellmann also tops her juleps with a splash of dark rum for creativity. "It's a throwback to when the spirit of choice was rum, and it really brings out the caramel and vanilla notes."

The history of horses and bourbon goes well beyond the derby. Before the Civil War, horse farmers simultaneously bred horses, grew crops and ran their own small distilleries. Prohibition ended the longstanding relationship between horse breeding and distilleries. By the time it was repealed, large conglomerates had scooped up nearly all of Kentucky's private distilleries.

How to make a mint julep, the Kentucky Derby's signature cocktail

The Kentucky Derby, originally scheduled for May 2, is finally taking place on Saturday after an unprecedented delay due to the coronavirus health crisis.

And, as is customary during the Derby — just as it has been every day of the pandemic — there will be drinking.

In honor of the annual event, Fox News reached out to Woodford Reserve, the official presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, to discuss the official recipe for everyone’s favorite Derby drink: the mint julep.

“I have been researching the history of the mint julep professionally for over 30 years,” said Chris Morris, the master distiller for Woodford Reserve.

Morris told Fox News he made his first mint julep at least 45 years ago, and he never celebrates the Kentucky Derby without one.

Bourbon and horse racing have long been part of Kentucky's culture, explains master distiller Chris Morris. (iStock)

Morris said the histories of both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky bourbon go back to the 1770s, when settlers of English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh origins settled in the region, then part of the Colony of Virginia.

“They came from whiskey-making cultures. They also came from a culture where the Sport of Kings was horseracing,” Morris said. “So the Bourbon industry and horse breeding and racing developed together on the Kentucky frontier.”

As settlers moved west into what is now Kentucky, so did their bourbon. Soon, the spirit served as the basis for new cocktails and supposed medicinal tonics, one of which later became the mint julep. It became more popular at horse races and county fairs, where folks would get together to talk up their thoroughbreds and bourbons, Morris explained.

“By 1810, the population of Kentucky was 400,000,” Morris said. “The number of registered distilleries, almost all of them on farms, was a little over 2,000. There was a distillery for every 200 people. Kentucky was all about bourbon and horses.”

These days, Kentucky is still all about bourbon and horses, Morris said, adding that he sees a spike in popularity for bourbon and mint juleps near Derby Day every year.

To that end, he's sharing the official mint julep recipe of the Kentucky Derby — although there's no law prohibiting you from drinking it every subsequent day of the pandemic.

The master distiller for Woodford Reserve says there's a spike in popularity for bourbon each year around the time of the Kentucky Derby. (iStock)


  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1½ ounces water
  • 2 mint leaves, plus additional leaves, for garnish
  • 2 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • Crushed ice

Add powdered sugar to a cocktail glass (or a traditional silver cup, if you have one), and stir in water until sugar is dissolved. Add the mint leaves and bruise, or gently muddle. Add 1½ ounces of bourbon and stir. Fill the cup with crushed ice, until about ⅔ full. Insert straw and garnish with additional mint leaves, if desired. Top with remaining bourbon, followed my more crushed ice, and serve.

This Is The Mint Julep Recipe Served At The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby has something for everyone, from an incredible history as a sporting event (since 1875!) to its pageantry and elaborate hats. But for us, it comes down to one thing: the mint julep.

And since the Derby is the perfect reason to host a bunch of friends for an afternoon of drinking and merriment, we spoke to executive chef David Danielson of Churchill Downs on how he and his team at Levy make juleps for the 400,000 people who come through their gates (including the exact recipe they use), and how you can easily prepare stellar juleps at home.

It’s a 2-minute race and a day of drinking juleps

Just to give you an idea of the scale of this operation, the Derby takes place on Saturday, May 4, but preparations begin in August of the previous year .

“We’ve got an army of people over here working to get everything geared up,” Danielson told HuffPost. He’s not exaggerating, as it takes over 1,000 workers to whip up the estimated 127,000 mint juleps for Derby Day. The premier race is billed as “the fastest two minutes in sports,” but drinking juleps is an all-day event. The bourbon-filled cocktails are being poured right after the gates open at 8 a.m., and people continue imbibing all the way until last call at 8:10 p.m.

What it takes to prepare over 127,000 juleps

As a refresher: a mint julep is a combination of bourbon, water, fresh mint, sugar and crushed ice (keep reading, because we’ve got great recipes for juleps at the end of the story). Churchill Downs uses 254,000 ounces of bourbon (or over 10,000 750 milliliter bottles), 300 crates of mint (about 4,000 pounds of locally sourced stuff from Louisville, Kentucky’s Dohn Gardens) and 60,000 pounds of ice to make their juleps. You probably won’t need nearly as much for your home setup. Nonetheless, Danielson has tips from his nine years of working the Derby to help you out.

Find the right bourbon

If you think any type of bourbon will suffice for a mint julep, think again. Woodford Reserve is in the Derby’s signature julep, and Danielson cited a few reasons why. “Woodford is a very smooth bourbon,” he told HuffPost. “It has a great flavor profile and delicious caramel notes.” Most importantly, it mixes well with the mint and sugar. Other bourbons can either be too spicy or too mellow for the refreshing spring cocktail.

Make the majority of the cocktail ahead of time

When you’re making drinks in large quantities, you want to be sure you’re able to make consistently tasty drinks at a fast pace. Many recipes (including the one for a classic Woodford mint julep found below) call for tiny spoonfuls of sugar, but it’s not super fun to be scooping sugar behind a bar when you’d rather just be hanging out and drinking.

That’s why the Churchill Downs folks instead replace a scoop of sugar with mint simple syrup. “We make a mint simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water. We bring it to a boil and add mint to it. Then we let it steep and strain it off,” Danielson said. That’s a simple enough recipe that even you should try it for your Derby party. We’ve got you covered with more detail on making simple syrup .

Once that’s done, mix a big quantity of bourbon with your simple syrup and throw it in the fridge. When your friends and family arrive, your job becomes exceedingly simple. Take your ice out, pour [this boozy mixture] over top, garnish it, and you’re literally off to the races, my friend,” Danielson said.

Crushed ice, accept no substitutes

“Historically, juleps were a sign of prosperity,” Danielson noted. “Ice was a commodity, and so when you wanted to entertain or show people you were in society, you showed people you had ice. If you had crushed ice piled high in a glass, you were really doing well.”

Show all your friends you’re also doing great by using crushed ice. Not only does it look fantastic should you want to Instagram your julep, but it gives you a chance to take out all your frustrations in the making of this drink. If you can’t find crushed ice at the liquor store, you can create it by buying a regular bag of ice and smashing it up with a hammer. Or just using a strong blender.

Treat the mint right

You might be tempted to buy fresh mint from the grocery store and store it in your fridge’s crisper drawer, but Danielson recommends treating mint with more respect. “Put an inch or so of cold water at the bottom of a cup,” he said. “Make sure the stems are sitting in the water.” When you’re ready to serve the cocktail, use an entire sprig of mint, which should have about six to seven leaves on it.

A highball glass is more than suitable

Yes, there sure are silver julep cups you can purchase online and elsewhere, but Danielson said not to sweat it if you don’t have time to buy them. “A skinny, tall, 8-ounce [highball glass] is a great glass for a julep,” he said.

We’ve got two recipes you can check out. The first is the one served at Churchill Downs, and the second is Woodford Reserve’s original recipe. Cheers!

What is mint julep punch, to be exact? Is it different than a regular mint julep? I’m glad you asked!

While I love a traditional mint julep, I love this mint julep punch even more. The addition of a delicious blend of fruit juices gives the mint julep its fruity punch taste while still carrying on the classic bourbon and mint flavors we all love for Derby watching!

When I’ve been at Derby parties or anywhere where mint juleps are served, I find a lot of people love the idea of a mint julep, but find them a little strong in the bourbon/mint flavors. They’re pretty, of course, but not everyone’s taste. That’s another reason I love this punch version. It mellows out the intensity yet still has the mint and bourbon flavors.


Did you know that it takes 7,800 liters of bourbon and 2,250 pounds of locally grown mint to make the roughly 120,000 Mint Juleps sold at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby weekend? That’s a LOT of mint juleps!


In my book 4th book, Pizzazzerie: Entertain in Style, I have a very similar frozen version of this mint julep punch that is just fabulous! It’s so refreshing. This non-frozen variety has a few twists, but I LOVE it over crushed ice albeit also delicious frozen.

P.S. Did you know you can buy bags of ice from Sonic? Their ice is the perfect mint julep ice, in my opinion. You can always crush regular cubed ice in a large bag, but if you can find nugget/crushed ice, it’s perfect for this mint julep punch.

What type of bourbon is best for mint julep punch?

Whichever one you have on hand, of course! I don’t think it makes a lot of difference unless it’s a super sweet bourbon, in which case you should pull back on the amount of simple syrup you add to the punch. Any standard bourbon should be just fine! For my punch, I used Four Roses Bourbon.

Serving Mint Julep Punch!

Mint Julep Punch is such a pretty color and perfect for garnishing with lots of fresh fruits so I love to serve them in clear mint julep glasses! Here are the exact glasses I have. I also love to serve margaritas in these glasses. They’re so simple yet pretty!

Can you make mint julep punch ahead of time?

ABSOLUTELY! In fact, I recommend it. Like Sangria, I think it tastes even better when the flavors have time to “marinate” together. You can make it right before serving, however, it’ll taste just fine!

Since mint julep punch is the perfect “make-ahead” pitcher drink, it leaves you as the hostess more time right before guests arrive to do allll the last minute things. You can rest assured your signature Derby cocktail is ready! Just pour over ice when ready to serve!

What to serve with this Derby Punch?

  • If you have my latest book (The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook), be sure to make the Kentucky Hot Brown Bites and Bourbon Balls!
  • Mini Shrimp & Grits
  • Pimento Cheese Dip
  • Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

How to Make Simple Syrup

The ingredients include simple syrup, but if you have never made simple syrup, fear not! First of all, you can buy it pre-made in the cocktail mixer section of your grocery store, but it’s also a breeze to make. Boil equal parts water and granulated sugar until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool and transfer to a jar or container and store in the refrigerator.

I hope you enjoy this mint julep punch! It’s truly such an easy recipe. It’s perfect for serving up on your grandma’s silver tray and sipping while watching the Kentucky Derby! I always love to have a signature cocktail at my parties, and this one is perfect for the Derby!

Mint Julep recipes for Kentucky Derby

Classic Mint Julep from "Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned" by Alba Huerta of Julep bar, Houston. These juleps will be served at Huerta’s 2019 derby party.

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Knob Creek Bourbon's simple mint julep recipe can be enjoyed while watching the Kentucky Derby.

Sparkling Rose Julep is made with Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, rum, peach liqueur and bitters with rose water and sparking wine or cava.

Goode Co. Armadillo Palace will be serving mint juleps all day at its 2019 Kentucky Derby party.

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2 mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions: Place mint leaves and syrup in a julep cup (or old fashioned glass) and lightly muddle. Leave muddler in the glass and add the bourbon, pouring it over the muddler to rinse it off. Stir with muddler to mix. Fill the cup a little more than halfway with crushed ice and stir with a bar spoon 15-20 times. Add more ice to form a dome on top. Place a straw in the cup. Garnish with mint sprigs (press mint to release aroma) tucked into the ice. Dust the mint sprigs with powdered sugar. To make turbinado syrup: Place 1 cup demerara or turbinado sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to clean jar with lid and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 1 cocktail

From Alba Huerta, Julep bar Houston


1 ½ ounces Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

½ ounce Plantation Dark Rum

½ ounce crème de peche de vigne (peach liqueur)

½ ounce mint-infused simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Mint sprigs and rose petals, for garnish

Instructions: Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine in a cocktail mixer and stir. Pour into a julep cup or old fashioned glass. Top with crushed ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint and rose petals. To make mint-infused simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup mint leaves in a small saucepan. Simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let steep. Strain into clean jar with lid, removing mint leaves. Can be stored in refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Makes 1 cocktail

From mixologist Tommy Flynn for Four Roses


1½ parts Knob Creek Bourbon

Instructions: Muddle a few sprigs of mint with syrup and soda in a julep cup or highball glass. Fill with crushed ice. Pour in bourbon. Decorate with additional sprigs of mint. Dust powdered sugar over top for a frosty appearance.

The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe


  • 3 oz. Old Forester Mint Julep bourbon
  • 0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 3 mint sprigs, far garnish


Pack mint julep cup with crushed ice. In a mixing glass, combine bourbon, syrup, and mint leaves. Lightly bruise mint leaves with a muddler, strain contents into julep cup. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint. *Make sure to slap mint and insert straw into ice near mint.

LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 2: Tom Brisgone buys a Mint Julep from Rudi Keller prior to the 129th Kentucky Oaks on May 2, 2003 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

How to Make the Ultimate Mint Julep

A few new twists on the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail.

There's more than one way to make a mint julep, the traditional cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. We scoured the nation for the most innovative recipes&mdashthink: bottles beyond bourbon, flavor-forward sweeteners, and herbaceous twists on the traditional mint muddle&mdashthat will take your mint julep, and your Derby party, to the next level.


1.3 oz Bulleit Bourbon
.75 oz simple syrup or a teaspoon sugar
4 mint leaves and a sprig of mint (use tender, young sprigs, which last longer and look better)


Prepare some very cold very dry crushed ice with chunks of ice and a canvas ice bag. "Bruise" the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with sugar syrup. Add ice to the three quarter mark and half of the bourbon. Stir to chill the julep cup. Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon and continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze. Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside. Pick up carefully to imbibe.


1 oz Maker&rsquos Mark Bourbon
6 mint leaves
.5 oz green Chartreuse
Pebble ice
Mint sprigs


Muddle the mint leaves gently with Chartreuse in the bottom of a cup. Then, add the bourbon and fill halfway with pebble ice. Stir these ingredients briefly and then add a metal straw and pack the glass full of pebble ice. To finish, garnish with lots of mint and thyme.

By Jayce McConnell for Edmund&rsquos Oast in Charleston, SC


1 oz Old Forester Signature 100 Proof
1 oz Old Forester Classic 86 Proof
.75 oz Hibiscus Syrup**
1 barspoon Becherovka Liqueur
8-10 mint leaves
3 mint sprigs, for garnish (hibiscus flower, if available)


Rub 8-10 mint leaves inside a double old fashioned glass. Add bourbons, liqueur, and syrup. Pack with crushed ice. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint.

**Hibiscus Syrup: Bring 1 cup water to boil, reduce heat, add 2 hibiscus tea bags, steep 15 minutes, discard. Dissolve 1 cup sugar into tea. Store in refrigerator.


2 oz G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne
1.5 oz Jameson Black Barrel
.5 oz lime juice
.25 pineapple syrup
4-5 mint leaves


In a highball glass, combine mint, pineapple syrup, and lime juice. Gently muddle the ingredients, and add in the whiskey. Add crushed ice and light stir to combine ingredients. Top with champagne and add in more crushed ice. Dash 2-3 of angostura bitters on top. Garnish with pineapple leaves and mint.


1.5 oz Widow Jane Bourbon
8-10 fresh mint leaves
.5 tsp sugar
1.5-3 oz water (to taste)
Splash of lime juice


Tear up the mint leaves and put into a julep cup before gently muddling with half-teaspoon of sugar. Fill a glass halfway with crushed ice. Add bourbon, water (to taste, depending on how strong you want the drink to be), and splash of lime juice. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice. Stir vigorously until the outside of the glass frosts. Add a straw and snow cone-like dome of crushed ice on top and garnish with mint sprig.


2 scoops Vanilla or Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
.75 oz mint syrup (or Woodford Reserve Mint Simple Syrup)
1.5 oz WoodfordReserve Bourbon
Q Kola
Dark Chocolate for garnish


Scoop ice cream in tall glass. Pour syrup and bourbon over ice cream. Top with Q Kola. Garnish with a paper straw, large sprig of fresh mint, and grated dark chocolate.


10 fresh mint leaves
1 tsp simple syrup
3 tsp Drambuie
1.5 oz Chase Sloe Gin


Add all ingredients to flower pot and half fill with crushed ice. Churn ingredients well and top with more crushed ice to fill. Garnish with tulip flowers and serve with straws.


2 oz Basil Hayden&rsquos Bourbon
1 bar spoon simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
6 fresh thyme sprigs (one for garnish)


Muddle fresh thyme in a rocks glass. Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold. Fine strain into a rocks glass filed with ice. Garnish with a toasted thyme sprig.


1.75 oz TINCUP American Whiskey
.5 oz Lustau Pedro Ximénez Sherry
.25 oz Peach Street Distillers Peach Brandy
8 mint leaves


In a julep glass, muddle the mint leaves with the sherry, then add the rest of the spirits and pebble ice. Swizzle, then add more pebble ice (forming a mound) and three mint sprigs for garnish. Serve with a steel straw.


1.5 oz Maker&rsquos Mark Bourbon
1 barspoon Bonne Maman blueberry jam
2 large basil leaves
Pebble ice
1 large basil sprig
Powdered sugar
1 dash Angostura bitters


Muddle the bourbon, blueberry jam, and basil leaves. Top with pebble ice and garnish with basil sprig and a dusting of powdered sugar. For the final touch, add a dash of Angostura bitters on top of the sprig.

Created by Kristina Magro for Sportsman&rsquos in Chicago


1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
2 oz fresh squeezed cucumber juice
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
6-8 mint leaves
Crushed ice


Stir ingredients. Garnish with mint sprig and cucumber slice.

Courtesy of The Leadbelly, New York City


2 oz Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum
1.5 oz Turbinado syrup*
Pinch fresh mint leaves
3 blackberries
Ice, Crushed


Muddle mint and berries in a julep cup. Add rum and Turbinado syrup and fill with crushed ice. Take a bouquet of mint and rinse with water, then sprinkle mint with powdered sugar and garnish with 3 speared blackberries.

*Turbinado Syrup: Combine 8 parts hot water and 8 parts Turbinado sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate. Will last for 30 days.


2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
.5 oz simple syrup
Prosecco (or soda water)
8-10 mint leaves


Muddle mint and syrup in the bottom of glass. Add bourbon and fill the glass with ice. Top with prosecco or soda water and use a spoon to lift and stir all ingredients until chilled. Garnish with a large sprig of mint


5 large fresh mint leaves
.5 oz of demerara simple syrup in a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water
2.5 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon


Gently tap the mint leaves against your palms to release aromas. Rub the mint leaves along the inside of the julep cup and drop them into the cup. Add the remaining ingredients. Add crushed ice and swizzle until the julep cup frosts over. Add more crushed ice and garnish with plentiful mint.

Courtesy of Eleven Madison Park, New York City


5 oz bourbon
3 oz simple syrup
5 to 6 mint leaves


Fill glass with ice and pour into blender. Muddle mint leaves in a glass. Pour bourbon and simple syrup into glass. Shake well and add to blender. Blend well. Garnish with sprig of mint.

Courtesy of Pork Slope in Brooklyn, New York


2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
.25 oz Fernet Branca
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz Reed's Ginger Beer
Mint sprig


Combine Woodford Reserve, Fernet Branca, lime juice, and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Shake vigorously with fresh ice and strain while simultaneously pouring ginger beer over crushed ice into Copper Julep cup. Garnish with sprig of mint.


2 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac
.25 oz apricot brandy
.25 oz simple syrup
8 tender mint sprigs


Place 8 mint sprigs in the bottom of the julep cup, and add the liquids. Fill cup half-full with crushed ice, stir to combine, and chill. Top with more crushed ice to just above the rim of the glass. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and a small dusting of powdered sugar on top.

Watch the video: Kentucky Derby 140 - Making of Mint Julep (July 2022).


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