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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep


The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Each year during the Derby, over 120,000 mint juleps are sold!


5 fresh mint leaves, plus a few sprigs, for garnish
1 tsp. sugar
Shaved ice
2 1/2 oz. bourbon whiskey
Lemon slice, for garnish, optional
Orange slice, for garnish, optional
Maraschino cherry, for garnish, optional


1. Place mint leaves, sugar and a splash of water into a silver julep cup or a 12-oz. Tom Collins glass.
2. Stir/grind the mint, sugar, and water together with the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon.
3. Fill the glass with shaved ice, add the bourbon, and stir until combined.
4. Garnish with a lemon or orange slice, a cherry, and a few sprigs of fresh mint.