2020 Julep Recipes

The Brown Hotel Mint Julep


2 oz. bourbon of choice
2 oz. mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
Crushed ice
Club soda
Fresh mint springs, for garnish
Powdered sugar, for garnish


For the mint julep: 

Fill a tall glass with crushed ice. Pour in bourbon and mint syrup and stir gently. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

For the syrup:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine equal parts sugar and water with several sprigs mint. Stir until sugar dissolves and syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat and allow mint to steep. When syrup is room temperature, strain to remove mint leaves. Store in the fridge.

 The Brown Hotel
335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

Julep a la Tangier


2.5 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. honey syrup
3/4 oz. mint
.05 oz. rosewater
.05 oz. orange blossom water
Crushed ice
Fresh mint
Powdered sugar


For Mint Julep
Combine ingredients in a large mixing tin with about 10 medium ice cubes, crushed. Blend with a stick blender until smooth. Garnish with mint and a spray of rose water and orange blossom water.

For Fancy Cocktail
Combine l oz. of bourbon with other ingredients in a julep cup. Muddle the mint with the syrup and bourbon. Fill three-quarters of the cup with crushed ice. Add 1 oz. of bourbon. Use a bar spoon to swizzle until frost appears on the cup. Top with ice and the remaining .5 oz. of bourbon and swizzle until a thick frost appears. Garnish with a mint sprig, a spray of rosewater, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

For crushed ice
Using either a lewis bag or a large napkin/bandana, bundle the ice by cinching the bag/napkin and crush with a muddler, hammer, or Galliano bottle.

Courtesy of Nickle Morris
114 W. Main St., Louisville, Kentucky, 40202

Hell or High Water Mint Julep

For the cocktail: 


2 oz bourbon
1 oz Giffard Creme de Mure
1/4 oz lemon sorbet
1/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz black peppercorn reduction (recipe below)
2 mint sprigs
Blackberry cordial
1 mint sprig
Branca Menta bitters, frothed


Muddle two mint sprigs in a tall glass. Add all liquid ingredients (including reduction and sorbet) into a shaker with three mint leaves and shake. Pour ingredients into a glass over mint sprigs. Add crushed ice. Top with the mint-infused Branca Menta foam and garnish with a mint sprig and blackberry cordial.

For the reduction:


1 cup sugar
1 cup allspice cordial
1 cup black peppercorn
1 cup grated black pepper
4 bay leaves
1/2 cup pink peppercorn
1 teaspoon pink salt


Combine all ingredients except cordial and let simmer on low heat to slowly reduce. Add cordial and continue to simmer. Once the water is reduced, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, slowly stirring in allspice water until reaching the preferred flavor and texture. Strain with a cheesecloth and refrigerate.

Hell or High Water
Courtesy of Matt Brown
112 W Washington Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Bluegrass Mule


4 to 5 mint leaves
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. Orchard Peach Liqueur
1/2 oz. Domaine de Canton Liqueur
Fresh mint
Lemon wedge


In a shaker, muddle mint leaves with the simple syrup. Add bourbon, Orchard Peach liqueur, Domaine de Canton liqueur, and a scoop of ice. Shake to chill. Strain and pour over ice in a lowball glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wedge.

Jack Fry’s
Courtesy of Nick Owens

1007 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204

"A Little Busy" Julep

1 1/2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz fino sherry
1/4 oz simple syrup
1 teaspoon Strega
3 mint sprigs
Orange twist


Lightly rub one mint sprig on the inside of a julep cup and discard. Add all ingredients with crushed ice and swizzle briefly. Top with a heaping amount of crushed ice and julep strainer. Garnish with activated mint and orange twist. Place a straw near the mint and orange to catch the aromatics.

Jimmy Can’t Dance
Courtesy of Marie Zahn
119 S 7th Street, Louisville, KY 40202


The Old Seelbach Bar Chocolate Mint Julep

1 1/2 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1 1/2 oz. Hershey’s chocolate syrup
1/2 oz. creme de menthe
Fresh mint
Chocolate shavings


Combine all ingredients in a silver julep cup. Top with crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig and chocolate shavings.

The Old Seelbach Bar at The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
Courtesy of Robert Knott
500 4th St., Louisville, KY 40202