Mint Julep – A Kentucky Derby Cocktail

by Sugar on April 30, 2013 · 8 comments

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Drinking a mint Julep during the Kentucky Derby is a long standing tradition. May is typically the time when everyone across the country becomes a Mint Julep fan.  Like wearing a big hat to the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep has become a staple drink for most equestrian enthusiasts attending the event.  However, for the rest of the South, it has a long tradition of being sipped on any hot summer day. For me, making a Mint Julep is almost as fun as drinking one. If you have never had the pleasure of drinking one, do try my simple recipe.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Start to Finish: 25 minutes

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Kentucky Whisky
  • 1 oz mint syrup
  • Fresh mint for garnish
  • 8 oz glass or silver cup filled with crushed ice

For the Mint Syrup:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 handful of fresh mint

To make the mint syrup, add the water and the sugar to a small pot and boil for 1 -2 minutes stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the handful of mint, but before you do give it a good slap to release some of the oils.

Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. (Syrup can be made a few days ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for future use.)

To make the cocktail:

Fill an 8-oz glass with crushed ice. Pour in the whisky and give it a good stir. Then top with the mint syrup and a few sprigs of fresh mint.

Enjoy slowly (and responsibly).


Maria says:

Oh ok

Maria says:

HaVe you post ur video

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I didn’t do a video for this one. I do have a new video coming out next week for a beer cocktail.

Maria says:

Oh ok

Mary says:

Hi Sugar,

I would love a recipe for Tiramisu and was hopng you might have one to share. Love your recipes and website!
Thank you,

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My mom makes this often. I will get her recipe and put it on my list of things to make.