Mint Julep

A classic Southern cocktail, the mint julep is a delightful, refreshing blend of mint, sugar and whiskey that has become synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. This version calls for Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition, which is finished in air-dried American Oak from the Taylor family farm in Kentucky.

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Making a Great Mint Julep

Whiskey is central to this classic cocktail, so you’ll want to choose a bottle you love. With succulent notes of berry, brown sugar and peppery spice, Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition is the perfect base for this mint julep. Gently muddling the mint with a touch of simple syrup infuses the cocktail with an aromatic sweetness that matches Redbreast’s robust character.


Mint juleps are always served over crushed ice, which keeps the drink cool and refreshing. Pack your julep cup full of ice and stir until the exterior is frosted. Then, pack more crushed ice on top to give this cocktail its iconic look. Finally, garnish with fresh mint leaves and a few optional drops of bitters for an extra layer of complexity.


Servings: 1 Prep time: 5 minutes

  • 60 ml Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 7 ml simple syrup
  • mint sprig & Angostura bitters (for garnish)
  • 2 Parts Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Part simple syrup
  • 1 mint sprig & Angostura bitters (for garnish)


  1. Take a julep cup or rocks glass and gently muddle the mint leaves in the simple syrup.
  2. Pour in the Redbreast, then fill the glass with crushed ice, packing it in firmly.
  3. Stir until the outside of the cup becomes frosted.
  4. Add more crushed ice on top to create a little ice mound.
  5. Finish by garnishing with a sprig of mint and, if desired, a few drops of bitters.
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