• Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

Derby Entertaining? Julep Cocktail Recipes That Impress


The time has finally come to break out the seersucker and fascinators because the greatest two minutes in sports finally returns on May 7.

In anticipation of the beloved day, here are some ideas on how to celebrate the 148th Kentucky Derby in Southern style with two Maker’s MarkMintJulep cocktail recipes that will impress your guests.

THE CLASSIC: Maker’s Mark® Mint Julep

Maker’s Mark® Mint Julep

1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

Fresh mint

2 tablespoons simple syrup* muddled with mint

Splash of distilled water

Powdered sugar

Mix together simple syrup* muddled with mint, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and distilled water. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over top. Sprinkle top of ice with powdered sugar. Garnish with a mint sprig.

*Simple syrup

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup distilled water

THE TWIST: Maker’s Mark® Strawberry Julep

Maker’s Mark® Strawberry Julep

2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

2 fresh strawberries

1 part simple syrup*

6 mint leaves

1 part fresh lemon juice

Muddle strawberries, mint leaves and simple syrup in mixing glass. Add Maker’s Mark® and lemon juice and fill with ice. Shake well and double strain into a martini glass. 

*Simple syrup

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup distilled water