Mint Julep

Mint Julep

The Mint Julep – it isn’t just for the Kentucky Derby anymore.

If you are like me and have mint taking over your garden (even though you tried pulling it all out this winter) then this is a great drink for you. A little less sweet than another favorite minty drink, the Mojito, this is a great cocktail to sip on a hot summer day!

If you don’t have a muddler you can use a wooden spoon to crush your mint to get the oils to release.

Simple syrup is so easy to make and it keeps well in the fridge, too. To make a simple syrup just add equal parts sugar and water to a sauce pan and bring to a boil and then simmer until all the sugars have dissolved.  Allow syrup to cool before using and store in a covered container in the fridge.  To make a “less sweet” simple syrup you can adjust the measurements accordingly.  Your syrup will just be a little thinner than the basic recipe.


Mint Julep
  • About 4-5 mint leaves
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2½ ounces bourbon (we used Maker's Mark)
  • Additional mint leaves for garnish
  1. Place the 4-5 mint leaves and simple sugar in the bottom of your glass and muddle well to release the oils from the mint.
  2. Add bourbon, ice and stir. Garnish with more mint leaves
  3. Enjoy!


A Bloody Mary for Fun Friday!

**I just linked up my Broccoli in Herbed Butter to Side Dish Saturdays on Cinnamon Girl Recipes

I thought this would be a good drink to post on the Friday before a holiday week.  You might have everything to make this tomorrow morning as a matter of fact.  You do need to be careful when you start drinking early on a Saturday however.  Not that I would know:-)

I love tomato juice, so this drink is a natural favorite of mine.  I like it spicy and although I didn’t include it in this drink, I love a Bloody Mary chock full of horseradish.  While I was doing a little bit of research on the Bloody Mary, I found a list of different varieties.  Here are a few that I thought were particularly interesting.

Bloody Bishop – Sherry replaces the vodka (I’m not so sure about this one)

Bloody Cab – Cabernet replaces the vodka (This could be good…I love red wine in tomato sauce – is that the same idea??)

Bloody Geisha – Sake replacing the vodka (This sounds like fun!)

Bloody Pirate – Dark Rum replacing the vodka (This is also called a Cubanito and is served in Havana)

Bloody Bull – Beef Bouillon added to the vodka (I like these – yum)

Bloody Caesar – Clamato Juice replacing the tomato juice (I have never had this but I bet it’s good)

Source: Wikipedia

So, enjoy this classic drink.  This is a good base recipe, but you can certainly spice this up or change it around as much as you would like.  Who knows, maybe you can even coin your own variation.  Enjoy!



Bloody Mary
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • ½ cup low sodium tomato juice
  • a few splashes lemon juice
  • a few splashes Worcestershire
  • Tabasco to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Celery Stalks for each glass
  • Lemons for garnish
  1. Combine vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice Worcestershire, and Tobasco over a cup of ice cubes. Shake will and pour over a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Place a celery stalk in each glass and garnish with a lemon wedge if desired.
  2. Other ingredients that can be added include horseradish, creole seasoning or jalapeno slices.