Three Mint Julep Recipes For Derby Weekend

By Neat Pour Staff |

For one weekend a year, the Mint Julep becomes the most popular drink in America. But, cocktail enthusiasts know that the bourbon and mint condition is delicious all summer long. In fact the Julep is versatile that bartenders have created dozens of variations on the classic. Check out three of our favorites: a classic take, a peachy Georgia Julep, and an after-dinner bitters based take.

Classic Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but has served as the unofficial drink of the American South since the 18th Century. By the time that Jerry Thomas published his seminal guide, he felt compelled to include five different variations of the Mint Julep. Perfect for the warm, humid climate of the South, the Julep is a sweet and soothing blast of cool air.

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  1. Muddle sugar in a mixing glass.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Stir.
  3. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over crushed / pellet ice.
  4. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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Georgia Julep

What makes a normal Mint Julep a Georgia Julep? Peach, of course! (Also, swap that Bourbon out for some Cognac.) The result is just as refreshing on a to summer day with lots of added stone fruit to compliment the mint.

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  1. Muddle sugar in a mixing glass.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Stir.
  3. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over crushed/pellet ice.
  4. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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Cynar Julep

This bitters and rum based riff on the Mint Julep was created by Brad Bolt of the late, great Chicago institution Bar Deville. Guests are often surprised to experience an unexpected flavor inside the familiar silver julep cup, but the delicious taste more than compensates for the shock. Unlike a typical julep, this makes for an excellent digestif.

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  1. Add Cynar, syrup, and rum to a Julep cup filled with crushed ice.
  2. Stir until frost forms on the outside.
  3. Garnish with enough mint to cover the top--perhaps, so much mint that adding a straw becomes a good idea.

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