Mint Juleps

This weekend is the 140th running of The Kentucky Derby and what better way to celebrate than with  the derby drink: the Mint Julep.

Tavern in the Village and Tavern at Mission Farms are putting on their fourth annual Derby Day Parties on Saturday, May 3 from 2 – 6 p.m. Dark Horse Distillery is helping them provide this classic cocktail, along with several unique interpretations.

The signature cocktail of the day will be the Thai Mint Julep:

Thai Julep

  • .5 oz. lavender simple syrup
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 slice cucumber
  • 4-5 Thai or regular basil leaves
  • 4-5 mint leaves

Directions:

  • In a mixing glass, muddle cucumber slice with lavender simple syrup, add ice, Dark Horse Longshot Bourbon, Thai Basil, and Mint – shake vigorously and pour into a high ball glass. Garnish with a sprig of basil and serve.

Traditional Mint Julep

  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • 4-5 mint leaves

Directions:

  • Muddle mint with simple syrup in a mixing glass, add ice and Longshot Bourbon shake 15 times and strain into martini glass, garnish with a sprig of mint and serve. 

Peach Julep

  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. peach nectar
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • Peach bitters

Directions:

  • In a mixing glass, muddle simple syrup and mint leaves, add ice, peach nectar, Longshot Bourbon, and 4-5 dashes of peach bitters – shake vigorously and pour into a high ball glass, add a splash of water, garnish with a slice of peach and a sprig of mint – serve. 


Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep

  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • 4 oz. house made sour mix or unsweetened lemonade
  • 4-5 sprigs mint
  • .5 oz. water

Directions:

  • If using unsweetened lemonade, do not use simple syrup. In a mixing glass, muddle mint and simple syrup, add ice and house made sour mix – shake vigorously and pour into a high ball glass, add a splash of water, and garnish with a sprig of mint before serving. 

Thanks to the Tavern team for providing these great recipes!! More information on their parties can be found here

You can also get your bow-tie and floppy-hat game on at Julep, Barrel 31Kansas Town, Rye, Burg & Barrel, Westport Ale House, and even VanBrock!  

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