Mint Julep

May 3rd, 2008

Many of you know that I love minty drinks, Mojito, Caipirinha and of course Mint Julep. Well it's that time of the year; the Kentucky Derby is going down, which just means that I have a perfect excuse to make Mint Julep and enjoy the arrival of summer.

Mint Julep a name inspired by the rare traditional silver vessels, a classic American cocktail composed of bourbon, sugar, and mint. Some bartenders will tell you to use simple syrup here, but I actually prefer the use of sugar as it helps to act as an abrasive when muddling mint julep.

Mint Julep

On a hot summer day, not only do you want to serve your self a cold beverage but having a frost in your glass is the authentic Kentucky Derby Mint Julep. An excellent tradition you do not want to break if you ask me. So when making Mint Julip, you must start with a glass that has spent time chilling in the freezer. You can also add ice to the top of the glass, fill with water and let it sit for 10 minutes until the glass is arctic chill.

Mint Julep Recipe

12 or so mint leaves, plus 1 pretty mint sprig, for garnish
1 teaspoon sugar
2 oz bourbon

How To Make Mint Julep

  1. In the bottom of a empty cold 10 oz glass (or a silver Mint Julep cup, the rare traditional silver vessels, if you have one) gently muddle the mint and sugar.
  2. Add bourbon to this mixture.
  3. Stir rapidly with a spoon to combine the ingredients, and fill glass with finely crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with the extra mint sprig, and serve.

Enjoy the fragrance of the fresh mint with each sip.

5 Responses to “Mint Julep”

  1. HatimNo Gravatar Says:

    I had my first mint julip at the Tractor Room, owned by the same people that own the Hash House, a few weeks ago – I’m pretty sure that they used a wee bit more than 2 OZ’s of bourbon and it tasted delicious.

  2. HatimNo Gravatar Says:

    I had my first mint julep a few weeks back at the Tractor Room, same owners as the Hash House, and I have to say that it’s a tasty treat.

    I’m positive that they use a wee bit more than 2 OZ’s of bourbon though – not for the faint of heart!

  3. adminNo Gravatar Says:

    @hatim Thats crazy, Caron just made reservation for us at the Tractor Room for tomorrow night to kick off the holiday weekend. She says that there is extensive list of bourbon, whiskey, rye and scotch! We are gettin’ down and going brown.

    Will we see you at Wing Fling on Sunday?

  4. FumiNo Gravatar Says:

    @Hatim I had the monster sized mint julep over at the Tractor Room. You are right, that thing was ridiculously big and delicious.

  5. Ricardo FigueiredoNo Gravatar Says:

    … that’s what she said ;)


    This drink sounds delicious. I haven’t had one yet so I’ll be sure to try it out! Thank you :)

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