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Thirst-Day – The Mint Julep cocktail


The mint julep cocktail is the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs, the race’s venue, serves over 120,000 mint juleps every year over the two-day event.

But like most mass-produced cocktails, these juleps probably aren’t that good. We’re not even sure if those $2,500 golden julep cups are worth it.¬†Which is a shame because when done right, mint juleps are terrific. They taste like minty/sweet/woody bourbon.

Rather than going for the assembly line version, consider making your own. It’s absolutely worth it! Here’s what you’ll need:


Simple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of water

Everything else

  • 8 to 10 leaves of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 to 3 oz. of bourbon
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish
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