Cocktail Hour | Mint Juleps

To follow up with yesterday’s post about planning the perfect Kentucky Derby party, I decided that I should probably pass along the official recipe for the Derby drink of choice – Mint Juleps. According to the Kentucky Derby website, Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for nearly 20 years.

However, if you prefer to make your cocktails from scratch (and I know you do!) here is the official Mint Julep recipe for the Kentucky Derby!

The Early Times Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep Kentucky Derby


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Early Times Kentucky Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups


  • Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes.
  • Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.
  • Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky.
  • Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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