Mint Julep Recipe: Yumm-O For The Kentucky Derby!

April 30, 2010

Searches for a Mint Julep recipe are on fire today, as everyone is preparing for the big Derby Day tomorrow! There are quite a few variations to this popular Derby drink, so without further adieu, here’s my favorite below! Don’t forget to check out photos and video as well.

Mint Julep

So as everyone searches for their favorite Mint Julep recipe, a little tidbit of info for ya…the drink and the Kentucky Derby have been synonymous since 1938. Thousands of this tasty cocktail have been served at Churchill Downs over the years and different variations as well, but I always say, why fix it if it ain’t broke?

Here’s a simple Mint Julep recipe for you thanks to Drinks Mixer. Oh, and what a very cool site to peruse, bookmarked that one!:

4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

I personally like the drink with the mint muddled, not just thrown in the glass and swished around. I’ve had some where the mint simply is used as a garnish and used only sparingly in the drink. Helloooo, it’s not called a Mint Julep for nothin’. Bring on the mint!

Typically you’ll see this beverage served in a silver cup that’s been frozen. But you know, a glass will do just fine as well! Oh, that reminds me of the Moscow Mule I had that was served in a frozen copper cup. That was quite tasty too, I might add. Sorry…getting off track a bit…

Anyways, if you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party tomorrow, no doubt you’ve been searching for that perfect Mint Julep recipe, and hopefully you’ve found one to your liking. I like things simple, but if you want to do it the Martha Stewart way, then check out her recipe here.

Don’t forget to check out an instructional video below too!

Mint Julep

Photo: Green

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