Mint Juleps are the official drink of the Kentucky Derby and drinking one is the perfect way to celebrate race day – whether you are a horse racing fan or not. They’ve been served at Churchill Downs on Derby Day since 1938 and they are more popular than ever these days. They are traditionally served in special silver Mint Julep cups. If you go for the cup, you can save a few hundred dollars by choosing the silver plated or pewter variety instead of a solid silver one. And if you don’t want to pick up a special cup for one drink, rest assured that any glass you have on hand will do and your julep will taste just as good in the end.
Glassware: Mint Julep Cup
2 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
1 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Sprigs of Fresh Mint
Muddle the mint and the simple syrup in the bottom of a Mint Julep cup. Fill the cup with crushed ice and add the bourbon. Stir the drink until a frost forms on the outside of the cup.
Top with crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of mint and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.