Saturday Night Special! Just in time for the Derby–Mint Julep

by Sarah on May 1, 2010

New feature!  Because who doesn’t need a decent cocktail come Saturday?

FUN FACT: Churchill Downs serves approximately 120,000 mint juleps on Derby weekend.  Now you can make one for yourself this afternoon when you watch the race.

picture from the Kentucky Derby website

An easy recipe:  Bourbon, powdered sugar, water and mint.

Place some mint leaves in the bottom of your glass with 1 tsp sugar and a couple spoonfuls of water.

Muddle.  I don’t actually own a muddler, so I used this pestle.

Fill the class with crushed ice and pour in 2 oz. of bourbon.

Then stir it like crazy so that the glass frosts up.  This works better in julep cups, which are metal and get nice and frosty.

Garnish with more mint.

~recipe adapted from my ancient copy of The Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide~

Mint Julep


  • 4 sprigs mint, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2-1/2 oz. bourbon


  • In a silver mug or Collins glass, dissolve the sugar with the water. Add the mint leaves and muddle. Fill glass with crushed or shaved ice and pour in bourbon. Stir until the glass frosts. Garnish with more mint leaves.

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