A First Place Mint Julep Drink Recipe
The cocktail of choice at the Kentucky Derby since 1938 is the Mint Julep. The taste of cool, refreshing spearmint with mellow richness and caramel character of Four Roses bourbon begs to be enjoyed all year round.
When you marry the taste of cool, refreshing spearmint with mellow richness and caramel character of Four Roses bourbon; you get a classic cocktail called the Mint Julep. This is a favorite of Southerners and Southerners-at-heart. It has also been the cocktail of choice at the Kentucky Derby since 1938.
What makes this classic cocktail even more beautiful is the addition of mint ice cubes. These DIY mint ice cubes are great to make the night before you have people over. Even if there are guests in attendance who may not drink a cocktail, they’ll enjoy the stunning presentation of a mint ice cube in their glass of sweet tea or water.
- Ice Cubes:
- 3-4 mint leaves per cube
- Mint Julep:
- 2 oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
- 1–2 tbsp. Simple Syrup
- 12 mint leaves
- Club Soda
- Garnish: Mint sprigs and Orange Peel
To make the ice cubes, A few hours before enjoying your cocktail: Place 2-3 mint leaves in each ice cube vessel. Pour water over leaves and place in freezer. Freeze ice until solid.
For the Mint Julep, gently crush mint leaves in a cool tall glass. (Lightly muddle the mint and simple syrup with a splash of soda water in a mixing glass.) Fill the glass with your mint ice. Add Four Roses, club soda and stir well. Garnish with an orange peel and a sprig of mint, and serve.