Make a Toast to the Winning Horse with This Classic

For a sweet take on the mint julep, this drink uses honey instead of sugar for simple syrup, which mixes well with the Kentucky bourbon for slightly sweet and smoky flavor. For a non-alcoholic version of this julep, simply substitute 4 ounces of ginger ale.

Two glasses of mint julepIngredients

  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp. hot water
  • 2-1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 oz. bourbon


Add 8 mint leaves to the hot water. Stir until leaves are wilted. Add the honey to the water/mint mixture and stir until well blended. Let the honey mixture cool. Gently crush the mint leaves in the honey with a muddler. Add about a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the honey mixture to the cocktail shaker. Add the Kentucky Bourbon to the shaker. Shake gently to mix. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour, straining the liquid into the rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with the remaining mint leaves.

Lyndsay Gower
Lyndsay Gower

A University of Tennessee graduate with a degree in advertising, she coordinates KaTom’s marketing efforts. When she’s not doing that, she can typically be found sharing a meal with friends, cruising Knoxville’s craft beer joints, or floating down one of East Tennessee’s numerous rivers. Her life’s goal is to visit every U.S. national park and she likes giving pets opposite-gender names.

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