Make this: Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

 Enjoy the taste of the Kentucky Derby at home with this mint julep recipe from Churchill Downs.

Serves 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 0 minutes

The official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the mint julep sees bourbon, mint and simple syrup combined for a refreshing and sophisticated tipple. It's been offered at the Derby for over 100 years and the number of drinks served during the two-day event is now well over 100,000. For the traditional experience, serve it in a pewter cup, garnished with mint. But a high ball or Collins glass will also work in a pinch.

We got this recipe from Churchill Downs, so you can enjoy the taste of the Kentucky Derby wherever you are. 


  • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • crushed ice


  1. Express the oils from the mint leaves and rub them inside a glass.
  2. To the same glass, add the simple syrup, bourbon and crushed ice. Stir.
  3. Garnish with more ice and fresh mint before serving.