How To Make The Iconic Mint Julep This Derby Season With Four Roses Bourbon

April 25, 2019
Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Hey, y’all!

I hope you are well — and that you getting some rest for the upcoming week! It’s going to be one for the books. There’s nothing quite like the Run for the Roses and I am, especially this time of year, immensely proud to be a Kentuckian.

The Derby, to me, signifies tradition.

If you’ve been to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, chances are you’ve indulged in one (or two!) Mint Juleps. The iconic bourbon cocktail is a celebrated piece of southern culture — and one that I take very seriously.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

The Mint Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, though its history is much more expansive. It was first mentioned in print in 1803; It’s also said that KY Senator Henry Clay¬†made the drink popular in Washington, D.C. at the Round Robin Bar around 1850.

The notoriety doesn’t end there, either — many presidents have fancied the Mint Julep and many writers have made them popular in their works, such as novelists Margaret Mitchell and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Clovers paid tribute to the drink in “One Mint Julep” and Ray Charles took the song to the top of the charts about a decade later. I also love to listen to “Julep” by the Punch Brothers.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)


To quote the iconic song by the Clovers:

“A mint julep, a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all…”


It isn’t Derby season (or spring/summer) without a Mint Julep, y’all. You can have one at the track, or you can make it at home. If you opt to have it at home, please enjoy this recipe — it is SO easy and absolutely irresistible! Your next party will be a hit if you serve these, I promise you.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

The Kentucky Mint Julep With Four Roses Bourbon


2.5 oz. Four Roses Bourbon

4-5 Mint Leaves

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Crushed Ice


  1. Pour simple syrup into a Derby glass.
  2. Add mint leaves and muddle to extract the flavor.
  3. Fill cup with crushed ice (almost to the top).
  4. Add Four Roses Bourbon.
  5. Stir and enjoy!

Now, won’t you sit down on the porch, stay awhile, and share a julep with me? You bring the conversation, I’ll bring the cocktails!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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