6 Classic Julep Alternatives To Make Your Party The Winner

06 May, 2016

Extravagant hats and the Julep are as symbolic to the Kentucky Derby as the twin spires at Churchill Downs. We put together Julep recipes that will have your friends asking if you’re hosting a Derby party next year.

The Mumm Julep



  • 3 ounces of G.H. Mumm Champagne
  • .5 ounce of Martell Cognac
  • One sugar cube
  • 6-7 mint leaves


Directions: 1 In a julep tin or rocks glass, add mint leaves and sugar cube and a splash of water. Gently press mint leaves with a muddler to release oils. Add Cognac, Champagne, crushed ice and stir gently. Top with more crushed ice to mound. Garnish with a mint bouquet and strawberry.


Blackberry Mint Juelp




  • 3 Oz. Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1.5- Oz. water (may add additional to taste)
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 8 fresh blackberries
  • crushed/chopped ice
  • 1½ Tbsp. sugar


Directions: In a tall glass, muddle 5 blackberries and 6 mint leaves until blackberries. Add Bourbon, Water and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with remaining blackberries and a sprig of fresh mint.


The Bulleit Mint Julep


bullit julep

  • 1 1/3 oz. Bulleit® Bourbon (or Bulleit® Rye for a different twist)
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 5-6 Mint leaves
  • Crushed ice


Directions: Muddle mint leaves, sugar, and splash of water in a julep cup or rocks glass. Add Bulleit Bourbon, water, and fill cup with crushed ice (10-20% above rim of cup, like a snow cone) and stir. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.


Vinceremos Julep



  • 1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. Amontillado Sherry
  • 1 tsp. Ginger Syrup
  • 8 Mint leaves and 3 fresh mint sprigs


Directions: Lightly muddle mint and ginger syrup, add other ingredients and top with pebble/crushed ice. Swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and straw.

Cocktail developed by Marie Zahn, Hawthorn Beverage Group


Mango Jalapeño Julep



Jalapeno Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Jalapeno, diced


  • 2 slices mango
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeño syrup (recipe above)
  • 3 ounces Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 splash club soda, optional
  • crushed ice


Directions: Start by making the jalapeño syrup. Combine sugar, water, jalapeños in small saucepan. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Build drink by adding mango and jalapeño syrup in bottom of chilled julep cup. Muddle well to purée mango and infuse jalapeño. Fill with crushed ice and top with bourbon. Optionally, add a splash of club soda.


Watermelon Mint Julep




  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • 1 quart watermelon or about ¼ large watermelon, yields 2 cups juice with pulp removed
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1.5 oz mint simple syrup
  • ½ cup watermelon juice
  • ice
  • mint leaves, to muddle or garnish


Directions: To make mint simple syrup: Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add in sugar and stir to dissolve. Take off heat and add mint leaves. Let cool completely and discard mint leaves. To make watermelon juice: Put cubed watermelon in a food processor or blender and blend well. Either use with pulp or use a sieve to remove pulp (better option if watermelon isn't seedless). Muddle a few mint leaves in glasses. Combine bourbon, mint simple syrup, watermelon juice, and ice to make one drink. Pour over muddled mint leaves and enjoy!


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photo credits: southernfatty, yummytummies, culinarycompass