Design Credit: @jerrickh
The Kentucky Derby, often times referred to as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Run for the Roses” draws over 150,000 visitors each year. The 1.25 mile race marks its 140th anniversary this year and takes place on May 2nd. Many traditions have been associated with the race, including the Garland of Roses and the Twin Spires, but quite possibly the most famous tradition is the classic mint julep cocktail that is served at the track and in bars & homes across the U.S.
The origins of the Mint Julep – a cocktail traditionally crafted from mint, bourbon, sugar and water – date back to the southern colonies just prior to the American Revolutionary War. Originally, the cocktail was prescribed as a panacea to “sickness in the stomach,” “frequent retching” and “difficulty swallowing.”
Eventually, Kentucky Senator Henry Clay introduced the drink at the Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Since then, the cocktail has been synonymous with the state that Senator Clay represented. The mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938.
We love our members as much as we love our whiskey, so to make this simple, yet refreshing bourbon cocktail even more fun, we had Caskers Member and cocktail enthusiast, Jerrick, design the “Perfect Mint Julep” recipe & recipe card above to complement our traditional mint julep recipe below. This Brooklyn artist assures us he will be sipping on his mint julep during the race and long into the spring after.
The Perfect Mint Julep by @jerrickh
- 1 oz. Simple Syrup
- 3 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
- 3 – 5 Mint Leaves
- Muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup. Add your choice of bourbon, to a mint julep cup filled with ice. Stir well, garnish with a sprig of mint. Sip & enjoy!
Looking for the traditional mint julep recipe with sugar? We’ve got you covered as well.
- 2.5 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
- 4 Fresh Mint Sprigs
- 1 tsp. Sugar
- 1 tsp. Water
- 1 Cup Crushed Ice
- After lightly muddling two mint sprigs in the julep cup, add bourbon, sugar and water. Stir the contents and then add crushed ice. Finally, garnish with additional mint sprigs. Sip & enjoy!