5 Must Try Mint Julep Recipes

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JulepIf you aren’t prepared to try a Julep this Derby weekend, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The mint Julep isn’t for everyone, and that’s why we like to find multiple ways to fit every ones taste. Bourbon and Mint are pretty strong and definitely an acquired taste, so we can’t blame you for passing  But how about we make a deal and meet half way in the middle? Try one of these tasty concoctions and see what works or doesn’t work for you.

Mint Julep Lemonade

  • 2 oz. mint-infused Woodford Reserve®
  • 2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Top with lemon-lime soda

Add the first three ingredients to a glass filled with finely crushed ice. Stir, add more crushed ice and top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wedge.

Tropical Julep

  • 2 oz. mint-infused Woodford Reserve®
  • 1 oz. crème de banana
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice

Add ingredients to a glass filled with finely crushed ice. Stir and add more crushed ice, as needed. Garnish with mint sprig and pineapple slice.

Ginger Julep

  • 1 1/2 oz. Woodford Reserve®
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
  • 1 medium piece of candied ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. molasses
  • 3 oz. bitter lemon soda

Muddle all ingredients except the soda in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Transfer to a rocks glass with ice. Fill with bitter lemon soda. Garnish with a lime twist.

Ginger Peach Julep

  • 1 1/2 oz. Woodford Reserve®
  • 1/2 oz. peach liqueur
  • 1 bar spoonful ginger puree
  • 10 Mint leaves
  • Splash of filtered water
  • Crushed ice

Muddle puree, syrup, and mint leaves lightly in a mixing glass. Add ice and bourbon and mix well with a bar spoon. Double strain over crushed ice in a Julep cup or old fashioned glass. Garnish with ginger and large mint sprig.

Watermelon Julep

  • 1 1/4 oz. Woodford Reserve®
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • 5-6 squares of fresh watermelon
  • Crushed ice

Muddle simple syrup and watermelon in a mixing glass. Add mint and press lightly to release oils. Add Woodford Reserve and mix well with cracked ice. Strain over crushed ice. Garnish with watermelon and smacked fresh mint.


Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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