Refreshing Cold Mint Julep

Kentucky Derby Gin Julep

This is my lighter version of the mint julep, the quintessential drink of the Kentucky Derby. Regular mint juleps use bourbon whiskey but I try to stay away from dark liquor because it has more impurities than clear and that’s a one-way ticket to hangover city. Subbing in gin instead, makes this version even more light and refreshing.


– 2 ounces gin
– 2 ounces club soda
– 8 fresh mint leaves plus 1 sprig for garnish
– 2 teaspoons honey (heat in microwave for 10 seconds), but you could also use real maple syrup or even molasses to give this drink the darker color of a real mint julep.
– ½ cup crushed ice (crush in a blender so that it’s very fine)

Combine all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.