Añejo Mint Julep {My Kentucky Derby Memories}

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Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineAñejo mint julep. Mint juleps are from the same cocktail family of smashes and my beloved mojitos. They are, like I said before, the quintessential American cocktail. Mixologists Jason Kosmas and Dusahn Zaric, authors of Speakeasy and owners of Employees Only in New York, said that “at the summit of cocktail Olympus,” mint juleps “sit next to the classics like the Martini, the Manhattan and the Sazerac.” I agree.
Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineThe first juleps were made with cognac and peach brandy. Today they are mostly made of bourbon, mint, sugar or simply syrup, water and lots of crushed ice. I make my own with Ron de Venezuela —which by the way is aged in bourbon barrels— and mint syrup, and trust me: it is heavenly delicious!
Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineMint juleps are associated with the cuisine of the Southern United States, mostly Kentucky and Virginia, where they are the summer cocktail par excellence. Since 1938, mint juleps have been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, where they usually serve around 120,000 drinks in just two days! These juleps are mostly served in Kentucky Derby collectible glasses.Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine
Since 2006, Churchill Downs, home of the Derby, has been serving ultra deluxe mint juleps in gold plated cups with silver straws at a cost of $1,000 a drink, to fund retired horse racers charities.
Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineTraditionally, mint juleps were served in silver or pewter julep cups to keep it chilled longer. These days, they are mostly served in tall old fashioned Collins or highball glasses with a straw. At Employees Only, for example, they serve them in rocks glasses and that is what I do too.
Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineNo need to say the Kentucky Derby brings memories of my childhood. In 1971, Venezuelan champion thoroughbred race horse Cañonero II, ridden by also Venezuelan jockey Gustavo Ávila, won the Derby. Cañonero II amazed everyone by coming from 18th place to storm past the competition, easily winning the race by 3 3/4 lengths. For a video of Cañonero II shocking victory, click here.
Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineHere is my free version of Employees Only’s mint julep. I just substitute Ron de Venezuela for bourbon and this is why I call it añejo mint julep.
Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineCheers!
Añejo Mint Julep - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine


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Añejo Mint Julep

Prep Time5 mins
Servings: 1


  • 3 finger pinch fresh spearmint leaves
  • ½ oz mint syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 splash of soda
  • 2 oz Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Añejo


  • Muddle the spearmint with the mint syrup and bitters in the bottom of a rocks or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add the soda.
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the rum. Gently stir and garnish with mint sprig.
Course: Cocktails
Author: Enri

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