It’s Mint Julep Time

It’s time to purchase the ingredients for Mint Julep’s, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. With the race only a day away, you’ll need to prepare for the big day, especially since the recipe needs to be refrigerated overnight. You can find numerous recipes for this race day cocktail but since Early Times is “The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby”, it’s only fitting to include their simple to make recipe.

The Early Times Mint Julep Recipe

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

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.

Of course, we’ll serve the drinks in Kentucky Derby glasses since we have dozens of them, but a tall glass with a straw will suffice.


Did you know that over 120,000 of these drinks will be served at Churchill Downs today and tomorrow? It’s hard to believe considering how terrible they taste!

2 thoughts on “It’s Mint Julep Time

  1. I’m going to try a mint julep tomorrow at the party we’re going to. It’s the perfect opportunity since the drinks will be free. I won’t feel bad when I don’t finish it. 🙂

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