The Mint Julep with a Twist

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

With the Kentucky Derby going on this weekend, Megan and I wanted to share our special Mint Julep recipe with all of you. We met at school in Kentucky and our first official date was to a horse race at Keeneland in Lexington. We don’t keep up with horse racing at all, but for two minutes once a year we love to watch the Kentucky Derby and drink an old favorite. Our Mint Julep has roots in both Northern Michigan and good’ol Bourbon County. Two places that are very special to us.

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

To create our Mint Julep with a twist, you will need a couple unique items.

Fresh mint, crushed ice, wooden muddler, (the best non-single-barrel bourbon) Woodford Reserve,  (the best peach preserve in the world) American Spoon Red Haven Peach Preserves.

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

The base of any Mint Julep is going to be Kentucky bourbon, fresh mint, and some source of sweetness. So feel free to make this your own. However, we will be mixing up some of these with my family in Texas this weekend.

Step 1

Add a handful of fresh mint and 1 tablespoon of American Spoon Peach Preserve into a cup. Pewter is the proper cup for a Mint Julep, however a rocks glass will work as well. Muddle the mint and peach preserve together until it cannot break down any further. Then add your crushed ice.

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

Step 2

Add that golden goodness. 2-3 oz of Woodford Reserve is ideal, but if you put in a heavy bet make it 4 oz. Then stir it all together and add more crushed ice if it is beginning to melt down. The ideal temperature for this cocktail is just over freezing. As this is meant to be a late spring cocktail, it will start out a bit boozy, but the ice will melt down and add water to the cocktail. Just be aware of that when mixing.

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

I hope y’all enjoy our Mint Julep with a twist! Let us know if you have any twists of your own, we always love trying new recipes! Have a great Derby Day.

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  1. Mmmm sounds delicious – I love mint juleps! And the photos are beautiful. (PS. it’s spelled right in the title, but julep is misspelled throughout the rest of the post. I hate pointing these things out, but just wanted to throw it out there)