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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Levy Restaurants

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

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Deliver Ingredients


  • 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!

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Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Kentucky Derby Cooking Tip

When preparing snacks try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.