Cocktail Hour–The Mint Julep

In honor of the Kentucky Derby this weekend, I thought we’d feature the classic mint julep. download

The mint julep has been associated with the Kentucky Derby since the late 1930’s.  Traditionally made with bourbon and in a silver or pewter cup.  However, more common version is made with whisky and in a highball or Collins glass.

While sipping your mint julep, you need to have a fabulous chapeau.  In light of the celebratory nature of the event, and time of year, I think bright, lively colors are in order.  But, the silhouette needs to be streamlined to keep an air of sophistication.



Cocktail Hour - Kentucky Derby


Mint Julep

  • 3 oz Kentucky bourbon
  • 10–12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprigs

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

In a chilled short glass, or the traditional silver or stainless steel julep cup, gently muddle half the bourbon, sugar and mint leaves. Add the crushed ice. Pour the remaining bourbon on top, and top with fresh mint sprigs. Serve with short straws, so that you smell the mint sprigs when consuming it. Sip the Mint Julep slowly, so that the oils of the mint infuse with the bourbon.

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