It wouldn’t be the Kentucky Derby without a mint julep. Before ‘the Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports’ takes place on May 6, make sure your Kentucky Derby party is a winner with these amazing mint julep recipes.
The Mint Julep is a relatively simply drink with just four ingredients: bourbon, sugar, water and mint. Yet, the cocktail has been synonymous with the Kentucky Derby ever since the race adopted it as the official beverage in 1938, according to The Atlantic.
More than 120,000 mint juleps will be served at Churchill Downs during the May 6 race. If you can’t make it down to Kentucky to see Classic Empire, Always Dreaming, Thunder Snow and the other horses compete in the “Run for the Roses,” you can have the full experience at home by making your own mint Julep.
Mint Julep Recipe
2 ½ oz Bourbon
¾ oz Simple Syrup
1 ea Mint
Muddle mint into glass. Combine remain ingredients the glass. Add crushed ice. Garnish with mint and enjoy.
Alton Brown’s Mint Juelp recipe
Per Food Network
10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
2 1/2 ounces Kentucky bourbon whiskey
Place the mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass and top with the sugar. Muddle these together until the leaves begin to break down. Add a splash of seltzer water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
Blood Orange Mint Julep
Per Climbing Grier Mountain
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
zest of blood orange
8 ounces bourbon
Blood orange bitters
Handful fresh mint
1 Blood orange cut into slices
In a saucepan, add sugar, water, and orange zest. Bring to a slight simmer, consistently stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool. Muddle mint and orange slices in the bottom of two glasses. Add ice, bourbon, bitters, and simple syrup. Stir to combine and serve.
Sparking Ginger Mint Juleps
Per Gimme Some Oven
6 ounces ginger beer
2 ounces bourbon
About 8 mint leaves
Muddle the ginger beer, 3 mint sprigs and bourbon together in a glass until the mint has released its flavor. Fill the glass with crushed ice, then garnish with remaining mint sprig.
Kentucky Colonel Mint Julep
3 to 5 Kentucky Colonel mint leaves
1 sugar cube
2 ounces Makers Mark Whisky
Mint for garnish
Water as needed
3 splashes of peach bitters
Place the sugar cube and mint into a cocktail shaker. Crush the cube onto the mint and muddle the mint. Add the Makers Mark and swirl. Add the crushed ice, cap and shake. Pour in the bourbon and top with water and peach bitters. Garnish with mint.
Seems easy, right? It’s much better than paying $2,500 for a single drink. Kentucky bourbon manufacturer Woodford Reserve will be treating the Kentucky Derby’s high rollers during the 2017 race, offering “Royal Cups,” per Time magazine.
These extravagant mint juleps are served in a gold-plated commemorative cup, hand-crafted by Louisville-based jeweler From The Vault. The “Royal Cup” includes a silver sipping straw and costs a cool $2,5000. If that’s too rich for your blood, the $1,000 “Noble Cup” is a metal cup with a gold-played Woodford Reserve sipping straw. Mmm. Fancy!
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