Mixin’ it Up: The Mint Julep

Mixin’ it Up: The Mint Julep

Sweet, strong, and refreshing, the mint julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938. Back in those days you could enjoy one of these southern classics in a souvenir cup for only seventy five cents. Today they serve roughly around 80,000 mint juleps over the two day event. Although made popular in the early nineteenth century, the cocktail was born in the early 1700’s on the east coast. Traditionally, the cocktail was enjoyed in the morning as an alternative to coffee, and was a favorite amongst farmers in the southeast United States. here is the official mint julep recipe:



5 sprigs of spearmint leaves
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 ounces of bourbon (try Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, or Makers Mark)
ice to fill

Mixing it:

muddle 4 of the mint sprigs with the sugar in a highball glass
fill with ice
add the bourbon and stir until the glass gets very cold
add more ice if needed
garnish with the remaining sprig


Unfortunately, enjoying a mint julep while watching the horse races my not improve your horse’s chance of winning.
The mint julep can however ease the pain from a loss. Cheers!        -Jake (Your Five-Diamond Resort Bartender)

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