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Derby Day Drink

Try the famed mint julep at home with local bourbon

BY August 27, 2020

Southwest Florida is saddling up for the big event locally with viewing parties. And of course, if you opt for an at-home viewing, we’ve got the perfect recipe for the iconic Derby-day drink that dates back to the early days at the historic Churchill Downs track that has famously hosted the event: the mint julep. This version of the sweet and refreshing libation uses bourbon from the List Distillery in Fort Myers.

Mint Julep 

What you’ll need:

  • 3 oz.  Mr. Toms Bourbon (for a twist to this classic recipe, substitute with Mr. Tom’s Habanero Honey Whiskey)
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 3 mint sprigs, far garnish

What to do:

  1. Combine bourbon, syrup, and mint leaves in a mixing glass. 
  2. Lightly muddle mint leaves 
  3. Strain contents into glass filled with crushed ice 
  4. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint and serve

*TIP: Make sure to slap mint and insert straw into ice near mint.

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