Bulleit Mint Julep

Posted On May 1, 2015 By In Food and Drink For Men, Food and Drink For Women, Girlzone

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with Unique Mint Juleps from Bulleit Bourbon!


Kentucky Derby weekend is here, and we all know what that means – ladies in big hats, gentlemen in suits, plenty of gambling, and of course, gallons upon gallons of the famous derby drink: the timeless, iconic mint julep!

To help you prepare for race day celebrations, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has been working with some of the top mixologists in the nation to develop recipes inspired by different regions of the country. No matter where you live, why not give all three a try!?

The Race for the Best Mint Julep

The contestants for best Mint Julep are…

  • Representing the Southeast, Charlotte-based mixologist Bob Peters created “The Queen’s Julep” cocktail, which should be every Carolinian’s go-to cocktail on May 2nd.


  • Dubbed as “King Cocktail,” Dale DeGroff knows a thing or two about making cocktails as he’s pioneered many new mixology trends over the past 25 years. He brings you a contemporary take on the mint julep with his “Modern Mint Julep.”


  • Chicago mixologist Adam Seger created the “Windy City Julep” cocktail, including ingredients made in the Chicago area.


Whether you are hosting a viewing party or stopping by your favorite spot to watch the fastest two minutes in sports, these three recipes are unique and flavorful.

Here’s how to make these three delicious Mint Juleps for your race day festivities! Let us know which mixologist won the race to create the best cocktail in the comments section!

The Queen’s Julep
Recipe by Punch Room Head Mixologist Bob Peters


-1.33 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
-0.5 oz. simple syrup
-0.5 oz. Fernet Branca Menta
-8 fresh mint leaves, muddled

Directions: Muddle mint leaves in a shaker. Pour Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup, and Fernet Branca Menta into shaker with ice and shake. Double strain and pour over crushed ice in a julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.

Bulleit Mint Julep


Modern Mint Julep

Recipe adapted by “King Cocktail,” Dale DeGroff


-1.33 oz. Bulleit Bourbon

-0.75 oz. simple syrup or 1 tsp. sugar

-4 fresh mint leaves and a sprig of mint (use tender, young sprigs which last longer and look better)

Directions: Prepare some very cold, very dry powdered ice by crushing chunks of ice inside a canvas ice bag. Bruise the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with simple syrup or sugar. Add ice to the three quarter mark and add half of the bourbon. Stir to chill the julep cup. Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon. Continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze. Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside. Pick up carefully to imbibe.

Modern Mint Julep Bulleit Bourbon


Windy City Julep

Recipe by Renowned Chicago Bartender, Adam Seger


-1.33 oz. Bulleit Bourbon

-6 oz. chilled Chicago Green River Pre-Prohibition Soda

-Generous bouquet of slapped fresh mint

Directions: Fill a julep cup with ice cubes to chill. Fill a clean towel with ice and smash the crap out of it to crush the ice. Discard the ice cubes from the cup and fill with the crushed ice. Fill cup 3/4 full with Chilled Chicago Green River Pre-Prohibition Soda. Top with Bulleit Bourbon and a generous bouquet of slapped mint.  The carbonation will naturally rise since the bourbon is heavier and the drink will naturally mix. Cut your straw short so you smell the mint. (Optionally add a splash of maple syrup if you prefer your julep sweeter.)

Bulleit Bourbon Mint Julep


Let us know your favorite in the comments!


Happy Kentucky Derby Weekend! Enjoy Responsibly!

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