How to make the perfect mint julep ahead of the Kentucky Derby

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(CBS 58) – The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 1 and many people may want to make a mint julep to celebrate.

Chief Mixologist & Bar Manager at Great Lakes Distillery Brendan Cleary joined CBS 58 to share alcoholic and non-alcoholic recipes.

Mint Julep recipe:

  • 2.5 oz Still & Oak Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Heavy 1/2 oz Demerara Syrup
  • 10-15 Mint Leaves
  • Crushed or Pellet Ice

Lightly muddle mint and demerara sugar together. Add a little ice and bourbon. Stir to combine and then add remaining ice. Garnish with Mint Leaf

Non-alcoholic Mint Julep recipe:

  • 2.5 oz Unsweetened Ice Tea
  • 3/4 oz Demerara Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 10-15 Mint Leaves

Crushed or Pellet Ice. Lightly muddle mint and demerara sugar together. Add lemon juice and pellet ice and stir. Add the ice tea. Garnish with Mint Leaf.


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