A Simple Mint Julep Recipe Worthy of the Kentucky Derby

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Smiling woman pouring a measurement of bourbon into a shot glass. In front of her are traditional bronze julep cups.
This post is brought to you by Old Forester.
All images by Nicole Feest of NYLONSADDLE Photography

There was a time in my life when going to the derby was on my bucket list. I used to head out to the closest race track with my college friends to celebrate the occasion, which often coincides with the first REAL lovely weekend of spring for us northerners. Don’t get me wrong, seeing the race in person STILL IS on my bucket list, but right now, in this season of life, it’s on the back burner. Still, do I plan on celebrating? Yes, yes I do. And this year, I discovered a recipe to make the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby. That’s right—a simple, delicious Mint Julep, using Old Forester.

Woman wearing a gingham dress and straw hat, drinking a mint julep.

Old Forester Simple Mint Julep Recipe:

  • 2 parts Old Forester 86 Proof
  • 0.75 part simple syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves (plus an additional sprig of mint, for garnish)
  • Crushed ice

Put the mint leaves and simple syrup into your traditional julep cup and muddle them together. Add the bourbon, fill the cup with crushed ice, and stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

A bottle of Old Forester sits in the foreground. In the background, a woman is preparing mint julep drinks.

So put on your best derby hat, gather a few friends, and get ready to celebrate this year’s Kentucky Derby on May 7.

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BY Kate Arends - April 28, 2022

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May 2, 2022 5:55 am

Not only is it a simple recipe, it’s also the only recipe for a mint julep (that I know of as a Kentuckian).

May 2, 2022 10:51 pm

OMG, love this. Anything whisky and mint, I’m in!

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