How To Make Mint Julep for The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is May 2nd. So if you are checking your calendar, yes it's time to panic & because that is tomorrow. Well, you do not really need to Panic, how chic would that be? You can keep calm and as cool as the mint you will need because Mint Juleps are one of the easiest cocktails to make. All of the ingredients are accessible and readily available at your local super market, provided you are of legal drinking age, you may even have everything you need already. Here is a recipe courtesy Maker's Mark.

Mint Julep Recipe for Kentucky Derby

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Fresh Mint
  • Maker's Mark Bourbon
  • Simple Syrup
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Crushed Ice
  • Distilled Water
  • Silver Cups (Optional)
 

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Muddled 2 TBSP of Simple Syrup with Fresh Mint
  2. Add 1 & 1/2 parts of Maker's Mark Bourbon.
  3. Add a splash of Distilled Water
  4. Fill your cup with Crushed Ice
  5. Pour the mixture over top
  6. Finish with a sprinkle of Powdered Sugar
  7. Garnish with more Mint
 

THE KENTUCKY DERBY MINT JULEP CUP

While it is optional to serve your Mint Juleps in a Silver Cup it is really a chic touch your guests will enjoy. The history of the design of this drinking vessel stretches back hundreds of years, the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cup can trace its origins to early American silversmiths. The design changed as it moved across the country.

When shopping for your classic Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cup consider that in Kentucky the classic American beaker is defined by straight body lines and graceful moldings at the base and rim by the early craftsmen Asa Blanchard of Lexington and William and Archibald Cooper of Louisville. The cup is traditionally made of pewter or silver but you may find more affordable options in nickel plate. If you are having a large gathering this may not seem like a necessary detail, rightfully so. But for the right sized group it is a great touch and the cups can be repurposed throughout the year to make elegant flower arrangements

 

PLANNING TO WATCH THE KENTUCKY DERBY WITH A MINT JULEP IN HAND? HAVE A RECIPE YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US? LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW & PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY WHEN CONSUMING & SERVING YOUR MINT JULEPS & OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. REMEMBER THE LEGALLY DRINKING AGE IS 21.