This Mint Julep Puts a Twist on a Classic for Your Kentucky Derby Party

This Mint Julep Puts a Twist on a Classic for Your Kentucky Derby Party

The fastest two minutes in sports are just around the corner, y’all!

If you recall, I visited Louisville, KY, earlier this year, and I instantly fell in love with the city, especially its bourbons! I mean, who wouldn’t, right? Well, I also went to the Kentucky Derby Museum and toured Churchill Downs, which was incredibly interesting, even without a race going on.

So, needless to say, you know I’m going to be donning some big hat on May 4th and cheering on one of my favorite four-legged friends during this year’s Kentucky Derby, but the race just ain’t complete without a mint julep in hand. Luckily, my good friends at Four Roses Bourbon (hi, Al!), sent me fancy-pants recipe that puts a fanciful twist on the classic that’s perfect for any Derby Day parties on your horizon.

Don’t forget to get those cute tin mint julep cups, too, y’all!

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Four Roses Mint Julep
Created by Tommy Flynn, Beverage Director of Paper Daisy 


  • 1 ½ ounces Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

  • ½ ounce Plantation dark rum

  • ½ ounce Jacoulot Crème de Peche de Vigne (*I’m sure any old peach liqueur would work in a pinch, though)

  • ½ ounce mint-infused simple syrup (*Infused simple syrups are way easier to make than you think!)

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 2 dashes Regan’s orange bitters

  • 4 drops rose water (*Also super easy to make if you can’t find any in your supermarket)

  • Cava top

  • Mint springs and rose petals for garnish (optional)


1.     Combine all ingredients except Cava in a Julep cup with crushed ice

2.     Stir with a swizzle

3.     Top with Cava and add garnishes, if using.

Not hosting a Kentucky Derby party at home? Check out Eater’s list of Austin’s best Derby parties.