May 1, 2021

Mint Julep

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Don your big hats and gingham and get ready for race day with this classic Mint Julep recipe straight from the Kentucky Derby itself!
Two Mint Julep cocktails displayed in silver julep cups, packed with crushed ice and garnished with big sprigs of mint, with additional mint sprigs scattered around them

It's Derby Day!

And no Kentucky Derby is complete without a Mint Julep (or 3)!

The first link between Mint Juleps and the Kentucky Derby dates back to the 1820s, but it wasn't until 1939 that it officially became the drink of the race. Today, more than 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the course of the 2-day period at Churchill Downs, requiring 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep (a blend of Bourbon and fresh mint), 1,000 pounds of fresh mint, and 60,000 pounds of ice!

Below is the classic Mint Julep recipe according to the @kentuckyderby itself, but don't be afraid to swap out the Old Forester Mint Julep for plain old Bourbon and to mix the drink to taste (which for me is heavy on the mint and Bourbon, light on the sweetener!). You can also make a mint simple syrup for some extra minty goodness! Just make sure you don your gingham and your big hats in order to enjoy this tipple properly!

A big thanks to @thipzy.dk for the gorgeous Mint Julep photo!

Two Mint Julep cocktails displayed in silver julep cups, packed with crushed ice and garnished with big sprigs of mint, with additional mint sprigs scattered around them

Mint Julep

Don your big hats and gingham and get ready for race day with this classic Mint Julep recipe straight from the Kentucky Derby itself!

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

3 oz Old Forester Mint Julep

¾ oz Simple Syrup

8-10 mint leaves

Garnish: 3 sprigs of fresh mint

Instructions:

Pack a Mint Julep cup with crushed ice. In a mixing glass, combine Bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves. Lightly bruise mint leaves with a muddler and then strain contents into the Julep cup. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint. Make sure to slap the mint before garnishing and insert straw into the ice near the mint so you get the full mint + Bourbon effect!

Two Mint Julep cocktails displayed in silver julep cups, packed with crushed ice and garnished with big sprigs of mint, with additional mint sprigs scattered around them

Mint Julep

Don your big hats and gingham and get ready for race day with this classic Mint Julep recipe straight from the Kentucky Derby itself!

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

3 oz Old Forester Mint Julep

¾ oz Simple Syrup

8-10 mint leaves

Garnish: 3 sprigs of fresh mint

Instructions:

Pack a Mint Julep cup with crushed ice. In a mixing glass, combine Bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves. Lightly bruise mint leaves with a muddler and then strain contents into the Julep cup. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint. Make sure to slap the mint before garnishing and insert straw into the ice near the mint so you get the full mint + Bourbon effect!

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