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Cocktails: Mint Julep


Celebrated each 30th May, National Mint Julep Day is the traditional drink of the annual Kentucky Derby. A staggering 120,000 mint juleps are served each year at the horse race, and luxury versions with gold plated cups could set you back as much as $1000 (£790-ish). Mad. However, it IS delicious. And refreshing. Which means you don't need to wait for the races to sip one. And all you really need to make it is some good bourbon and some mint.


60ml Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon whiskey

1 tsp. sugar

5-6 mint leaves

Mint sprigs to garnish



Place 5 or 6 leaves of mint in the bottom of a chilled glass or silver beaker. Add the sugar and crush lightly with a muddler.

Pack an old-fashioned glass with crushed ice and pour the whiskey over it.

Stir briskly until the glass frosts. Add more fresh ice and stir again before serving.

Stick a few sprigs of mint into the ice to release the aromas.


Note.. Out of whiskey? Americans also enjoyed a Gin mint julep in the 19th Century - so go forth and substitute!