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Drink of the Day: Mint Julep - Shaun the Bartender : Shaun the Bartender

Drink of the Day: Mint Julep

May 2, 2015 | By |

In what is called the “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”, the Kentucky Derby will be running its 141st race; the longest running horse race and the first leg of the sport’s Triple Crown.  Today, I am introducing a cocktail that has been a tradition to this event since 1938….officially.

It is said in race lore that the Julep was an unofficial drink for the race way before.  The founder of the track, Meriwether Lewis Clark, grew mint on the grounds so he could have them fresh for these drinks way before then.

Below, you will find the recipe.  Just be sure to prepare one in time for the race.  Doing so right before and you may miss the event itself.

Enjoy the race and enjoy your Saturday.  Cheers!


Mint Julep5-4 julep

2 1/2 oz. Boubon

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

6 sprigs of mint + 2 sprigs to be used for garnish

Method:  In an old fashioned glass, or a silver cup if available,  place sprigs of mint and simple syrup in the bottom of the glass.  Muddle gently.  Allow this to sit for a couple minutes before adding crushed or shaved ice.  If these styles of ice are unavailable, cubed ice will suffice.  Once the ice is added, pour the bourbon on the ice.  Stir well, then add sprigs of mint for garnish.


This Day in History:

1885 – Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time.

1939 – Lou Gehrig would establish a new Major-League record by playing in his 2,130th game.  This record would stand for 57 years until Cal Ripken, Jr. broke it.

1969 – The British luxury liner, Queen Elizabeth II, made her maiden voyage to New York.

1994 – Nelson Mandela was victorious in South Africa’s first multi-racial election.


Notable Birthday:

Czarina of Russia, Catherine the Great, was born on this date in 1729.

Notable Quote:

“The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”  –  Dr. Seuss




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