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Derby Julep Recipe

Derby Julep Recipe

Place mint leaves and syrup in a chilled julep cup, and muddle. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; add bourbon and mint sprig.

Julep Syrups

Mint Syrup: Boil 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add 15 fresh mint sprigs, and cool completely. Cover and chill 24 hours. Strain syrup; discard solids.

Grapefruit-Honey Syrup: Prepare Mint Syrup as directed, reducing sugar to ½ cup and stir in ¾ cup fresh grapefruit juice, 1 cup honey, 3 (2-inch-by-4-inch) grapefruit rind strips, and rind from 1 lime, cut into strips, add into sugar mixture with mint. For julep, muddle with 1 small grapefruit rind strip.

Peach-Basil Syrup: Prepare Mint Syrup as directed, substituting basil for mint and stirring 2 (5.5-ounce) cans peach nectar and 1 split vanilla bean into sugar mixture with basil. For julep, muddle with 1 peach slice.

Blackberry Syrup: Prepare Mint Syrup as directed, adding 6 ounces fresh blackberries, halved, with mint. For julep, muddle with 2 fresh blackberries.

Pineapple-Lemongrass Syrup: Prepare Mint Syrup as directed, reducing granulated sugar to 1 cup, adding 1 cup light brown sugar to granulated sugar and water, and stir in 1 cup pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, and 3 (3-inch) pieces fresh lemongrass into sugar mixture with mint after removing from heat. For julep, muddle with 1 small fresh pineapple chunk.

Kentucky Burgoo is the must have dish for a Kentucky Derby party

While the Mint Julep might be a Kentucky Derby party staple, this Kentucky Burgoo recipe from Churchill Downs&rsquo Executive Chef, David Danielson, is a delicious version of the traditional stew. Although the name is fun to say, the flavor of this Derby dish has everyone coming back for seconds.

For Kentucky natives, burgoo is a traditional dish. Just like the exact origins of this dish can be debated, the versions of this dish vary. In some ways, the “this and that” added to this dish contribute to that variety. Although there are very specific recipes, many chefs add a touch of improvisation, which makes each bite even more intriguing.

Often burgoo features a smattering of proteins. Although most modern versions do not use game meat, the older versions featured ingredients from the hunt.

In addition to the ingredients, the stew gets it flavor from the long cooking process. Although some people say that a flavorful burgoo is the result of constant stirring, the reality is that a long, slow cook allows all the flavors to come together.

RECIPE: Mint Juleps by the Batch

I've come to realize that the Kentucky Derby is a pagan holiday: On the first Saturday in May, a lot of people don ritual costumes, sing ritual songs, and drink ritual libations while they attempt to foresee the future by interpreting a coded and vague bit of poetry written into the past performances in the pages of the Daily Racing Form. Like other holidays rooted in the natural anxiety of changing seasons and uncertain futures, it is best enjoyed by groups. Don't sit alone swilling bourbon and wiring more and more money to your bookie, you'll go completely crazy. Spring is in the air. The high holy day of the Derby is a social celebration. It's time to gather friends and set up a betting pool.

Even up North, the mint has grown enough to warrant harvesting. Its gentle leaves are begging to be muddled. I've come to think that mint juleps are best made one at a time, or in small numbers at most, from fresh mint and sugar topped with bourbon, and packed with pillowy crushed ice and garnished with a lot more fresh mint. Sadly, however, doing that for a Derby party of even six people would mean that you'd be at the mixing station almost constantly. Mint Juleps are delicious drinks, and people drink them quickly. Even the host of the party needs some time to handicap the race, call in some bets, and watch the post parade.

The solution is to batch them. Start with minted simple syrup.

    The day before you need the drinks, make a batch of simple syrup by combining one cup each of sugar and water in a sauce pan, and bringing it to a boil over medium heat. Some recipes call for five minutes of boiling, but whenever the syrup is clear and the sugar is dissolved, you are finished. Cut the heat and let it cool.

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held on the first Saturday in May in at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky .

The race, often referred to as ”The Run for the Roses” got its name because a blanket of roses is draped over the winning thoroughbred.

The entire race lasts for only 2 minutes and is the first part of the American Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby is followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. A horse must win all three races in order to win the Triple Crown.

The mint julep , an iced cocktail made of of bourbon , mint , and a simple syrup, is the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby. The historic drink is traditionally served in a frosted silver julep cup and served on silver trays.

We also made cute (and easy) Horse Cookies in honor of the special race.


I'm rating the recipe as it's written, not as prepared, because you do not state the type of mint to use. In the related article, nuances are mentioned in relation to the type of sugar, and the type of bourbon why is the same care not taken with the mint variety? Please consider updating the recipe.

Completely disagree with previous review. Part of the appeal of a mint julep, is to have the proper silver cup, and to have it completely frost over. It takes a WHOLE lot of ice to make that happen. And there aren't too many variations on a mint julep, but out of the 3 ways we tried, my party guests preferred this one. If there isn't a good, noticeable mint flavor, you've just got a bourbon on the rocks. A $15 hand-cranked Victorio ice crusher does a fantastic job for the ice. And one thing this recipe doesn't mention: a straw. Get a nice big bunch of mint for garnish, and cut a drinking straw down so that it's barely taller than the cup. Your nose will be right by the mint when you sip, enhancing the flavor. Not one of us had the drink last long enough for the ice to melt and dilute it!

We make mint juleps in 8 oz. julep cups and use only 1 tsp of mint simple syrup and at least 2 oz of bourbon. What blew my mind about this recipe was the large quantity of ice. This recipe would appeal to someone who doesn't like bourbon and just wants a tall watery sweet drink. Not my cup of tea at all.

What Goes into Making Woodford Reserve's $1,000 Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby

The cocktail benefits the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund this year.

For the past 13 years, Woodford Reserve has sold $1,000 mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby. But what could possibly make a cocktail so expensive? Turns out when you&rsquore serving cocktails in highly-coveted limited-edition cups that also raise money for charity, the sky&rsquos the limit.

Ever since Woodford Reserve started the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program, they have raised over $450,000 for charity. This year, the effort raises money for the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund, which the Kentucky-born actress founded in 2016 to help provide access to the arts for children in the Greater Louisville area.

When the silver &ldquoBluegrass&rdquo cups went on sale for $1,000 on April 11, they sold $48,000 in 20 minutes and were completely sold out within in a week. The $2,500 gold-plated &ldquoCommonwealth&rdquo cups also sold out.

Even though the cups are sold online each year, you need to attend the Derby in person to claim yours&mdashand enjoy the cocktail in person. While the online program is sold out, Woodford Reserve saves five to sell at the track on the day of the Derby.

Even if you can&rsquot get your hands on one of the limited-edition cups, you can still make the cocktail at home using this recipe.

Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Recipe

  • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon
  • 1 tsp. Sorghum Simple Syrup from Woodford County, Kentucky
  • 2 Kentucky Colonel Mint Leaves

Take one mint leave and rub it on the inside of the julep cup to express the essential oils. Add the bourbon and simple syrup and top off with crushed ice made from limestone-filtered water sourced directly from the Woodford Reserve Distillery. Give the drink a quick stir with a bar spoon to blend the ingredients.

To finish the drink, three red spray roses, a sprig of mint and one rose petal from the garland that is draped around the neck of the winning Derby horse will be added to each $1,000 and $2,500 mint julep this Saturday at Churchill Downs.

More affordable versions of the same drink will also be served on Saturday&mdashminus the gold and silver cups and exclusive garnishes. But if you&rsquore looking to switch it up this year, Woodford Reserve will also be serving a new drink called the Woodford Spire that you can recreate at home using the recipe.

Woodford Spire Recipe

Served in a copper julep cup, the Woodford Spire is a refreshing blend of bourbon, lemonade and cranberry juice. To make, pour the first three ingredients over ice into a julep cup and garnish with a lemon twist.

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25 Food and Drink Recipes for a Classic Kentucky Derby Experience

This year, celebrate Derby Day like they do at Churchill Downs.

The Kentucky Derby is finally here! Every year since 1946, The Kentucky Derby has been held the first Saturday of May. And while last year's Run for the Roses was unfortunately rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, spring's greatest horse race is happening on schedule! On May 1, fans will be able to tune in to NBC to watch the 147th Kentucky Derby race. While a limited number of spectators will be there in person at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, the great bulk of fans will be watching from home. So why not toss on your fanciest hat and host a Kentucky Derby party at home? Stir up some cocktails and make some easy apps, and tune in from the comfort of your couch.

If you missed our Country Living Fair virtual Derby party back in May, don't worry&mdashyou can still catch all the videos right here! Alright, y'all, we're off to the races! Throwing a Derby Day party? Serve up these delicious appetizer and cocktail recipes&mdashand don't forget the hats! Plus, here's how to make a mint julep worthy of a Triple Crown victory.

Don't be fooled by the fancy glass &mdash the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby is very good, but it's definitely not difficult to make.

Want to make all your cocktails at once? Get a punch bowl and stir up this Derby cocktail. Guests can help themselves, and you can spend less time with a shaker and more time mingling.

This cookie-sized take on a Kentucky pie features homemade caramel, melted chocolate, and toasted walnuts.

Invented by Louisville caterer and tea room-owner Jennie Carter Benedict, this cream cheese-cucumber dip is a century-old Kentucky classic.

This take on the famous Derby pie swaps out walnuts for the sweeter pecans.

Of course, you won't last long on nothing but juleps and pie. This classic buttermilk fried chicken is ideal party food, whether you're eating it piping hot, or cold, picnic-style.

The classic "caviar of the South" makes a perfect filling for deviled eggs.

Classic country ham biscuits are not only great spring party food, but they're also Southern food with a long history at the Derby.

Nothing is more refreshing than a glass of lemonade on a hot day&mdashexcept for one that's infused with mint.

Get the recipe at Hot Beauty Health.

For a bite-sized snack, try these chicken sliders inspired by the famous hot chicken sandwiches in Nashville.

Get the recipe at My Modern Cookery.

Your guests will love this decadent milkshake, made with chocolate ice cream, butter pecan ice cream, and bourbon. Don't forget to top it with pecan pieces and whipped cream!

Get the recipe at Camille Styles.

Infuse your cocktail with lavender syrup for a twist on the classic Derby Day drink.

Get the recipe at Pizzazzerie.

These mini cakes combine butterscotch, pecan praline, and chocolate. Serve in a mini Mason jar topped with ice cream for bonus points!

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

Chocolate-pecan pie gets the bar treatment for an easy-to-serve party dessert.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

Make a mini version of the famous Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich for the quintessential Derby Day party dish.

Get the recipe at Celebrations at Home.

Bake the classic flavors of a mint julep into a cake for a deliciously festive twist.

Get the recipe at One Perfect Bite.

Make the classic Louisville spread slightly more gourmet by making bite-size tea sandwiches.

Get the recipe at Gourmandistan.

These bite-sized, peachy treats are even more adorable with mini bow ties.

Get the recipe at Hostess with the Mostess.

Toss pecans with butter and brown sugar, then toast them and sprinkle with sea salt for a tasty bar snack.

Get the recipe at Taste.Savor.Share.

Cheese grits are a Southern classic. Try making them in individual portions for the perfect party-time snack.

Get the recipe at The Vintage Mixer.

These sliders are stuffed with turkey, bacon, and Gruyere cheese, and are coated in a garlic, butter sauce for an irresistible party snack.

Get the recipe at The Seasoned Mom.

Light and airy biscuits get extra heartiness with the addition of salty, country ham.

Get the recipe at Cook Like a Champion.

These mini meatballs are slathered in a bourbon sauce for extra punch.

Get the recipe at The View From Great Island.

The classic, cheesy Southern appetizer is perfect on crusty bread.

Get the recipe at Katie's Cucina.

Capture the flavors of Derby Pie in cupcake form by adding chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and crumbled pie crust on top.

Get the recipe at Polka Dot Chair.

Pour bourbon sauce over pulled pork and serve between slider rolls for a flavorful, mini sandwich.

The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe


  • 3 oz. Old Forester Mint Julep bourbon
  • 0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 3 mint sprigs, far garnish


Pack mint julep cup with crushed ice. In a mixing glass, combine bourbon, syrup, and mint leaves. Lightly bruise mint leaves with a muddler, strain contents into julep cup. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint. *Make sure to slap mint and insert straw into ice near mint.

LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 2: Tom Brisgone buys a Mint Julep from Rudi Keller prior to the 129th Kentucky Oaks on May 2, 2003 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

7 amazing Mint Julep recipes for the Kentucky Derby

In honor of Derby Day on May 2, we've rounded up some of the best-- and most creative-- recipes for the quintessential race day cocktail: The mint julep. The classic recipe is a refreshing mix of sugar, bourbon and fresh mint and its the perfect way to stay cool as temperatures begin to rise.

The mint julep is quite a storied American cocktail. As early as 1816, silver julep cups were awarded to county fair champions. There is evidence that Virginians enjoyed the cocktail as far back as the 17th-century.

Today, the mint julep continues to be a staple of the American South and the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, where it has been served at Churchill Downs since the first horse races in 1875. An average of nearly 120,000 mint juleps are consumed every year during the Derby.

Now that's a lot of bourbon.

If you can't make it to races, whip up one of these festive cocktails that are sure to keep you cool as the competition heats up on Derby Day.

Watch the video: TWO Mint Juleps! - the bourbon u0026 prescription julep (January 2022).