Classic Mint Julep

by Country Spoon

And we are off … to the Kentucky Derby! Yes, we really are and I decided to try the famous mint julep in the race’s honor – the official beverage of the Derby. This recipe does not require a simple syrup, but just a little sugar, mint and good whiskey. Give it a few sips – it will grow on you. Whether you are attending the race, or gathering with friends to watch, mix this drink up and wear a fabulous hat! Cheers to the greatest two minutes in sports and may the fastest horse win!

Classic Mint Julep:

Serves 1 julep

1 12 oz. glass

shaved ice

1 T. powdered sugar

1 sprig of fresh mint – leaves only

1/4 c. whiskey (Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey preferred)


Fill 12 oz. glass with shaved ice (a silver mug is tradition if you have one) Add mint and powdered sugar and muddle. Add whiskey and stir, without holding onto the glass, until glass is frosted. Top with water and serve with a fresh sprig of mint. Cheers!