Mint Julep Recipe and a Literary Invitation

June 28, 2017 Musings

Part of my family’s Southern traditions included gathering around the television to watch The Kentucky Derby each year. Mother always wept when they played My Old Kentucky Home because it evoked memories of family members who had passed on or lived too far away.

One generation removed, I don’t tear up but the silver mint julep cups always come out for The Derby and the summer season.

Mother grew mint by our back porch steps and I grow it in the courtyard and on the veranda because I don’t think you can ever have too much.



1 tbsp. simple syrup (I like to substitute organic grade A dark maple syrup.)

3 oz. of your favorite bourbon

silver cup or a double old-fashioned glass


  1. Chill your cup or old-fashioned glass and place 4 or 5 mint leaves in the bottom.
  2. Add your syrup and crush slightly with a muddler to release the mint.
  3. Fill your cup with finely cracked ice.
  4. Pour 3 ounces of Kentucky bourbon. Pour generously, y’all. Savannah is the hostess city of the South!
  5. Stir briskly and add more cracked ice to your frosted cup.
  6. Place your prettiest sprig of mint into the ice and inhale its aroma. Enjoy!

See you on the veranda this coming Sunday when Literary Agent Jill Grosjean will join us for a mint julep and conversation!