A Proper Mint Julep


How To Make a Proper Mint Julep

Straight from the Official Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Folks Themselves*

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century.

Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

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The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 cups water

  • Sprigs of fresh mint

  • Crushed ice

  • Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky

  • Silver Julep Cups

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.

Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

*Art and artwork originally published here.

🎗️ Not to be forgotten on Derby Day is the other official cocktail of Churchill Downs, the Oaks Lily. Click here for the recipe! 🎗️