• Active Time 5m
  • Total Time 5m

Makes 1 serving

The Mint Julep. The Kentucky Derby. Was there ever a more symbiotic relationship between event and cocktail? Some 100,000 of these Bourbon-based drinks are served as the Churchill Downs racetrack during horseracing's biggest week, and countless more are concocted and consumed at Derby parties across the country. Sadly, this refreshing elixir - as much a part of the Southern mystique as Faulkner, Tara or Stonewall Jackson - all too often goes into a year-long hibernation until the horses gather in the paddock once more. But why wait? The Mint Julep, which dates to the late eighteenth century, has no rivals if you want a sophisticated cocktail on a warm summer afternoon.


  • Bunch of fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Splash of water
  • 1 1/2 ounce Bourbon


Rub mint leaves around the inside of a cocktail glass, then place the glass in the freezer for 30 minutes. In a small glass, gently muddle 2 or 3 mint leaves, superfine sugar and a splash of water. Add the Bourbon. Remove the cocktail glass from the freezer and fill with crushed ice. Pour the mixture over ice and stir until glass frosts. Garnish with sprigs of mint.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Longstreet. All rights reserved.

RecID 3296

nutrition information per serving

133 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 2mg sodium; 7g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 2g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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