In honor of the 140th annual Kentucky Derby, Good Spirits News is proud to present a selection of variations on the classic Mint Julep cocktail for you to enjoy while cheering on your favorite race horse.
Maker’s Mark® Strawberry Julep
2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
2 fresh strawberries
1 part simple syrup*
6 mint leaves
1 part fresh lemon juice
Muddle strawberries, mint leaves and simple syrup in mixing glass. Add Maker’s Mark® and lemon juice and fill with ice. Shake well and double strain into a martini glass.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup distilled water
Blackberry Mint Julep Margarita
Created by Gaston Martinez, Milagro Tequila Ambassador
2 parts Milagro Anejo
1 part Lime Juice
1 part Honey Syrup
6 Mint Leaves
Muddle berries and mint. Add rest, shake and strain over ice in julep glass. Garnish with blackberries and mint sprig.
Substituting the bourbon for Anejo tequila makes sense since we mature this tequila in used bourbon casks. The cask is a huge source of the flavor found in both spirits and will have many similarities. Salud!!!
The Tullamore Dewlep
Created by Tullamore D.E.W National Brand Ambassador, Tim Herlihy
2 oz Tullamore D.E.W. Original
½ oz white vanilla sugar syrup
Dash peach bitters
12 mint leaves
Pour all ingredients into a cup. Gently muddle mint, fill with crushed ice and stir gently to combine garnish with a sprig of mint and straw (Requires use of Julep cup for maximum impact)
Kentucky and Ireland have a great deal in common. They both produce fine fiddlers, fine horses and fine whiskey. And, while musicians trade tunes and breeders trade horses, whiskey aficionados trade recipes – like this Irish twist on a Southern classic.
Created by Jon Santer
2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1 Sugar cube
¼ oz simple
8 Leaves Mint
Muddle in julep glass. Top with crushed ice until a mountain peak of ice forms above the glass. Garnish with copious amounts of mint and a cucumber spear.
Created by Joaquin Simo, Pouring Ribbons
2 oz Lillet Rosé
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
Glass: Julep (silver or pewter is traditional, but a steel cup will do nicely and a plain ole rocks glass works in a pinch)
Garnish: Mint, lightly spanked before inserting.
Rub 2-3 mint leaves inside of julep cup, then discard leaves. Add Chartreuse & Lillet Rosé, fill midway with crushed ice, swizzle or stir to agitate and incorporate, then add more Crushed Ice. Top with spanked mint sprigs.
Basil Hayden’s® Jockey’s Julep
Created by Rob Floyd (Los Angeles, CA)
2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
8-10 Mint Leaves
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 parts Simple Syrup
Muddle mint leaves and blueberries in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake over ice. Fine strain into a rocks glass with crushed ice. Garnish with blueberries and a sprig of mint.
Knob Creek® Storyville Julep
Recipe by Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam Master Mixologist
1½ parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
½ part Thin Honey Syrup (3 parts honey, 2 parts water)
1½ parts Fresh Pressed Pineapple Juice
6 Fresh Mint Leaves
Muddle pineapple, honey syrup and mint in a tall highball glass. Fill with ice, add Knob Creek® Bourbon and stir top with club soda. Garnish with a pineapple clip and mint top.