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What to drink during the Kentucky Derby. Mint Julep?

Traditionally, mint juleps are the drink of choice for the Kentucky Derby. However, if you prefer wine, a crisp and refreshing rosé or a light and fruity red wine like a Pinot Noir would pair well with the traditional Southern fare that is often served at Derby parties. We will provide a recipe so you can make your own Mint Julep at home.

Mint Julep for Kentucky Derby

Mint Julep Recipe The trick to making it just like the pros is to use a high quality bourbon, fresh mint and simple syrup, which you can buy or just make in a few minutes at home — and to pour it over well-crushed ice. It's just not the same with whole cubes so don't ruin a good thing.

How to Make Simple Syrup Heat 1 cup water to boiling over high heat. Add 1 cup sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool 5 minutes.

How to Make Crushed Ice Put your ice in a blender and pulse it on high until you have lots of tiny pieces. Strain out the excess water with a fine-mesh sieve, and then pour into your glass!


2 oz. bourbon

1/2 oz. simple syrup

3 mint leaves

Crushed ice


Step 1 Express the essential oils in the mint and rub them inside the glass.

Step 2 Add simple syrup, bourbon (Fun fact: Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby and can be found at most local Costco stores), and crushed ice. Stir.

Step 3 Garnish with more ice and fresh mint, and if desired, lime slices.

Don't like mint? Skip all the steps above and just drink the bourbon.

What horse is your favorite this year? Let us know in the blogs comment section.

Whatever you're doing on Derby Day, we hope you wear a fancy hat and drink responsibly. CHEERS!

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