Ready to hear about the best bourbon for mint julep cocktails? We’re ready to give it to you! We’ve got seven sexy picks for you today. We’re all about the mint julep at Prestige. We don’t hide our Louisville pride and joy. And we certainly get down (that Churchill kinda Downs) with this Derby cocktail classic when the time is right.
And guess what? The time is right. It’s spring. We’re in that Kentucky Derby state of mind. Even when it’s not the first Saturday in May, we’re in the spirit. Give us Louisville, horses, bourbon, and mint juleps–or give us death. Seriously.
Just the Julep Basics
Here’s the recipe rundown. Hold your horses. It’s… wait. It’s super easy. You’ll need 2 oz. of your favorite bourbon, mint leaves, and ¼-½ oz. simple syrup.
Traditionally, it’s served with a heaping helping of crushed ice. Most people like to garnish with mint, of course. In fact, it doesn’t really say “mint julep” without that signature leafy-green sprig. Some incorporate a couple of dashes of bitters as well. Up to you.
We like Woodford Reserve’s how-to video! Have a look for some essential steps and sweet tips. The cold ice, bright mint, and lovely bourbon–it’s a slap of refreshment, is what it is. Perfect for the warmer months.
Best Bourbon for Mint Julep: Our 7 Picks
Break out those silver beakers, folks! Get fancy (if you wanna) and make your bets. Most of all, be sure you have one, two, or all of these bourbons on hand. This home bar bourbon selection will satisfy every single friend you have. Trust us. There’s something for everyone here.
With this cocktail’s dilution–all that crushed or pebble ice, yo–the proof of the bourbon is important. Proofs are on the rise in this list for a reason.
1) Bulleit Bourbon
2) Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon
3) Woodford Reserve Bourbon
4) Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon
5) Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon
6) Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon
7) Kings County Straight Bourbon
We “Mint” To Make You Crave for the Julep
We like to claim it as our own, down South, but it really should be welcomed and enjoyed all over. It’s one of the simplest, most rewarding cocktails around.
Getting ready for your Kentucky Derby festivities in May? Make one of our handcrafted decanters and some whiskey glasses part of your setup. They’re show-stopping centerpieces and conversation starters something serious.
Share with us your favorite bourbon for mint julep cocktails below in the comments. We truly would love to get your perspective on this!
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