Mint Juleps and The Kentucky Derby

A Style Me Pretty Feature //

It’s that time – time for Mint Juleps and The Kentucky Derby. It feels a little off this year with the Derby being in September, but all the more reason to bust out the bourbon and make a Mint Julip.

I’m not originally from Kentucky, but I can definitely get behind a sport that involves bourbon, fancy hats and a race that lasts 2 minutes. Especially if I’ve found myself with a winning ticket.

Wherever you’re spending Derby, make sure you have the right ingredients to mix yourself up a Julep, be it Mint, Champagne, or Strawberry. See below for a few different recipes.

 

Traditional Mint Julep
  • 2 parts Bourbon
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • Fresh mint

-muddle these ingredients-
Add lots of ice
garnish with mint

Champagne Julep
  • 2 parts Bourbon
  • 1/2 part elderflower liqueur
  • Champagne
  • Fresh mint

-muddle these ingredients-
Add lots of ice
Top with Champagne
garnish with mint and lemon peel

 

Sweet Tea Mint Julep
  • 2 parts Bourbon
  • 2 parts freshly brewed and chilled black tea
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • Fresh mint leaves

-muddle these ingredients-
Give it a quick shake and strain into a glass
Add crushed ice
garnish with mint sprig and a lemon wedge

  Bourbon Ball Julep
  • 2 parts Bourbon
  • 1/4 part Amaretto
  • 1/4 part Crème de Cocoa
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed pecans

Add all ingredients except for pecans to a julep cup.
-muddle these ingredients-
Add crushed ice.
Garnish with a mint sprig and crushed pecans.


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