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4 Maker's Mark mint julep recipes for Your Derby party

Posted by Mary Small on April 22, 2019

In Cocktail Recipes, Spirits, Kentucky Derby, Mint Julep

Wisconsin has its cheese. New York has its pizza. Chicago has its hot dogs. Kentucky has its bourbon. There is literally nothing more appropriate to be sipping on during the Kentucky Derby than Kentucky bourbon. Since 1939, the mint julep has been the official drink of the Derby. This especially-refreshing cocktail boasts sweetened golden-brown bourbon, fresh mint oils and crushed ice and is the ideal customary cocktail for the first Saturday in May.  However, tradition does not mean your drink has to be drab. Put a little South in your mouth with these four variations on the mint julep from Maker’s Mark.

 Champagne Mint Julep

Champagne Mint Julep

For those who want to add a little sparkle to their fascinator.

Gently muddle mint leaves in a julep cup to express the oils. Add crushed ice and liquid ingredients. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon twist.

Maker's Mark Mint Julep

Maker’s Mark Mint Julep

For the staunch Kentucky Derby traditionalist. We understand.

Gently muddle mint to express the oils in a julep cup. Combine all liquid ingredients in the cup. Add crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig and powdered sugar.  

 Watermelon Basil Julep

Watermelon Basil Julep

For those who put salt on their watermelon. Apparently, that’s a thing.

Muddle mint and basil leaves with watermelon cubes in a julep cup. Stir in Maker’s Mark and lime juice. Add crushed ice and sprinkle sea salt on top. Garnish with a mint sprig and watermelon slice. 

Strawberry Julep

Strawberry Julep

For those who aren’t usual bourbon drinkers but want to fit in with the crowd.

Muddle two strawberries and mint leaves in a julep cup, then add ice. Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker cup. Shake well and strain contents into cup. Garnish with a mint sprig and strawberry.

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