What to Drink on Derby Day

by Scott Wagner

Mint Juleps and more

Syrup. Mint. Bourbon. Combined, these three ingredients are a winning trifecta of a cocktail we call the Mint Julep. A Derby Day staple since the 1930s when Churchill downs started selling Julep cups as souvenirs, this drink makes the first Saturday in May all the more special. 

Serve it alongside a spread of crudites, cheese, cornichons and wasabi peas. A full on charcuterie board would also suffice quite nicely. See our methodology when it comes to meats and cheese here and our recipe for a classic Julep below. 

Mint Julep Ingredients: 

Mint Julep Instructions: 

  1. Using a rocks glass or Julep cup, lightly muddle the mint into the syrup.
  2. Add bourbon and fill with crushed ice, packing it tight.
  3. Stir for 30-60 seconds or until the glass or cup begins to frost.
  4. For the Julep cup, top with a dome of crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.
  5. For a rocks glass, just top with garnish and go.

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