Mint julep & simple syrup recipes for your Kentucky Derby party

Cheers from The Rose Table cookbook

"Hay" there, mint julep! It's your go-to cocktail for the Kentucky Derby. (The Rose Table, The Rose Table 2024)

SAN ANTONIO – If you’re planning a party for the Kentucky Derby this weekend, we have some cocktail ideas for the “mane” event!

The mint julep is a standard for the Kentucky Derby, and you can make it even more authentic with a homemade mint simple syrup.

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The recipes below are from The Rose Table’s cookbook. You can find more information here.

Mint Julep


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce mint simple syrup
  • Mint sprigs
  • Finely crushed ice


Fill mint julep glasses with crushed ice and a straw. Pour bourbon and simple syrup over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Mint simple syrup


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves


Bring sugar, water and mint leaves to a boil in a small sauce pan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool and strain to remove the mint leaves.

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About the Author

Diana Winters is a San Antonio-area native, Emmy award-winning and GLAAD-nominated journalist who loves the Alamo City. She is the executive producer of SA Live, creator of South Texas PRIDE and co-creator of Texas Eats.

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