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Rita's Mint Juleps for Derby Day

Kentucky Derby style mint julep

Here’s my home made version of this famous drink. First you have to make a spearmint simple syrup.

Mint simple syrup

Good in other drinks, or stirred into fresh fruit.


1 cup each sugar and water

1 packed cup spearmint leaves or more to taste, smooshed with wooden spoon to release volatile oils


Bring sugar and water to a boil. Pour over mint which you’ve placed in a heat proof jar. Cover, refrigerate overnight and strain. Keeps a month refrigerated.

Make a mint julep

Ideally, the ice will start melting, creating a memorable drink.

Fill a julep cup or 12 oz. glass with crushed ice.

Add up to 3 oz. Kentucky bourbon or more, or less….

Stir in 2 tablespoons or more of mint simple syrup

Stir until very well mixed. Garnish with mint sprig and insert straw.

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