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Friday, April 23, 2021 10 mins read
Friday, April 23, 2021 10 mins read
Turn your couch into the stands at Churchill Downs with these mint julep recipes for watching the Kentucky Derby at home.
Rider’s up! Julep cups out!
It’s time to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. “The Run for the Roses” is perhaps one of America’s most storied traditions. The thoroughbred race has been held every year for nearly a century and a half, cementing the Derby’s legacy as the longest continuously held sporting event in America.
And for the better part of a century, the mint julep has been synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. Between the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs reportedly serves nearly 120,000 mint juleps over the two-day festivities.
With attendance expected to be at a minimum this year, it’s up to you to recreate the electricity of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” at home. So breakout the seersucker suits and extravagant hats. We’re celebrating the Kentucky Derby at home this year.
But this is Spirit Hub. So we’re doing Derby Day at home with a tinge of uncommon. It’s the Kentucky Derby, so it has to be a mint julep. But maybe you’re not a bourbon person. That may turn some heads at Churchill Downs, but you’re celebrating at home.
That’s why this list of mint julep recipes isn’t exclusively bourbon-based. Whether you like gin, moonshine, and agave spirit, there’s a mint julep recipe for you, just waiting to be stirred.
This one is for the thoroughbreds. The Kentucky Derby purists. The Classic Mint Julep recipe has a little bit of Kentucky history in it. Casey Jones Kentucky Bourbon forms the robust base of this mint julep recipe. The small batch bourbon comes from Casey Jones Distillery, the family-owned distillery in Hopkinsville, Kentucky named for the infamous Prohibition-era stillmaker.
The Kentucky Derby is a special day in the Bluegrass State. So Lexington’s Bluegrass Distillers put a special spin on the mint julep recipe. Crisp apple meets robust bourbon in the Apple Julep. Bluegrass Distillers’ Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Apple Cider Barrels pairs with Dashfire’s Spice Apple Bitters in this Derby Day favorite.
All the best parts of agave spirits and bourbon collide in NULU 92 Añejo by Prohibition Craft Spirits. Made in Louisville from Blue Weber Agave, NULU 92 Añejo is aged for a full year in used bourbon barrels. It’s a no-brainer that using this Kentucky-made spirit makes for an unforgettable mint julep recipe. Accentuated with jalapeño, the NULU Julep is an easy way to spice up Derby Day at home.
Watching the Kentucky Derby at home means customizing the celebration. And if you’re a moonshine fan, like Lexington’s Barrel House Distilling Co., it means making your julep with Devil John Dark ‘Shine. The layers of flavor from Strongwater Orange Bitters and Natural Organic Simple Syrup by Royal Rose make this a cocktail to enjoy all year round.
You may not see the lush wreath of roses in person, but having a Gin Julep by Transformation Spirits will get you close. Bourbon is swapped for the Louisville distillery’s Limited Release Bourbon Barreled Gin in this mint julep recipe. Grabbing a bottle of the barreled gin is like having a piece of the derby at home. Afterall, Transformation Spirits is The Official Gin of the Kentucky Derby Festival.
Recreate The Run For The Roses, Celebrate Derby Day At Home
There’s a reason they call it “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it event. So you have to be prepped with your mint julep recipes beforehand!
Check all the boxes, so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the first leg of the American Triple Crown. Stock your bar cart with small batch spirits, craft syrups, and unique cocktail bitters. Crush the ice. Load up on fresh mint. And don’t forget the julep glasses.
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