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Recipes For A Traditional Kentucky Derby Party

Updated on April 28, 2015

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Traditional Mint Julep

Kentucky Bourbon

The mint julep is a southern summer alcohol beverage made with four basic ingredients. Water, sugar, mint (preferable spearmint), and good ole Kentucky Bourbon. There will always be a discussion about how to prepare a mint julep, however one thing that is for sure, the quality of your bourbon is important, and the freshness of the mint is key. Traditionally this drink was served in silver or pewter cups to enable the glass to form a frost on the outside. The colder the drink the better the recipe. It is also very important to bruise the mint so all the flavors are released.

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: Serves eight people six ounces

Collectable Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cup


  • 2 Cups Water, Cold
  • 2 Cups Sugar, White
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves, Freshly Chopped
  • 32 oz Kentucky Bourbon, Good Quality
  • 8 Sprigs Fresh Mint Leaves
  1. Combine water, sugar, and fresh chopped mint leaves.
  2. Cook over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and forms a syrup.
  3. Cool completely

Frozen Glass

While you are waiting for the syrup to cool, place your serving glasses into the freezer. Place 4 oz of bourbon and 1/4 cup syrup in chilled glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

The syrup can be increased or lessened as per amount of sweetness needed.

The traditional Mint Julip can be very strong. As a child growing up I could not wait to be of age to taste this great drink. As some people have great super bowl parties, our family celebrated the running of the roses. The first Sunday in May become a time of great memories. My mother and her sisters spent many hours in the kitchen preparing our afternoon feast. My grandmother was always in charge of the sideline extra activities and my father would spend hours researching the breading of each horse. The Mint Julip always looked very cool and had a great visual appeal, however once tasted can be very strong, hence the invention of the Faux Mint Julip

Faux Mint Jelup

Prep Time: 6 Minutes

Cook Time: 2 Minutes

Ready In : 8 Minutes

Yields: Serves eight six ounces

Faux Mint Julep

For as many years as I can remember we have celebrated the first Sunday in May. Also for as many years as I can remember the thought of the mint julep is actually better than the taste. Many of our guests have come to enjoy our lighter faux mint jelup


1 Shot Cream De Menthe

1 Shot Cream De Cocoa

2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

2 Ice Cubes


Place all above ingredients into a blender and pulse until your desired consistency. The number of ice cubes will change the thickness. Serve in chilled glass with fresh mint for garnish.


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      Timothy Arends 3 years ago from Chicago Region

      Even to a nondrinker like myself, that mint julep sounds pretty good!