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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep


The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. This recipe is great for a Derby party.

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  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 16 Ounces Early Times Kentucky Bourbon, 2 per mint julep
  • Crushed ice
  • 10 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 Cups water


Combine water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil to make simple syrup. Boil for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with two sprigs of fresh mint and refrigerate overnight. To make your mint julep, start by filling each mint julep glass with crushed ice. Add one tablespoon of the mint flavored simple syrup then two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip and enjoy!