If you plan on watching the Kentucky Derby this weekend (May 7, 2016), then you'd better stock up on bourbon and mint! Derby Day just isn't the same without this classic Southern cocktail. This julep recipe, created by celebrity mixologist Charles Joly, features the traditional ingredients plus a splash of ginger liqueur, making this already bright and refreshing beverage even more delicious!
Courtesy of Levy Restaurants, Created by Mixologist Charles Joly
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces Bourbon
¼ ounce Koval Ginger Liqueur*
¾-1 ounce lemon juice
½- ¾ ounce honey syrup
Place 8-10 mint leaves into the base of a julep cup. Add honey and lemon, muddle gently to release oils. Add ginger and Woodford Reserve bourbon. Fill with crushed ice. Garnish with large bouquet of mint tops and skewered candied ginger.
*If you can’t find ginger liqueur, you can make a ginger honey syrup or add juiced ginger to the mix. It’s a bit more prep, but executable.