The Treaty Oak Mint Julep is a cocktail that should be appreciated all summer long. It is a brisk, invigorating, delicious cocktail that screams summer.
It is best known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby but started out as a summer drink for the South. This bourbon cocktail uses four ingredients mint, bourbon, simple syrup, and crushed ice. Some recipes call for powdered sugar and water instead of simple syrup. It is your call to which you prefer. Often served in silver or pewter cups, but any cup will work. Find the one that suits your needs.
The term “julep” is generally defined as a sweet drink, but the mint and bourbon help balance out the sweetness. There are many great Texas Bourbons available for you to choose. Since bourbon is the primary liquid in the drink, you’ll want to use a high-quality bourbon you know you love.
We choose Treaty Oak’s Ghost Hill Bourbon for its mellow dark fruit, and oak flavors and spicy finish. The Ghost Hill Bourbon is a genuine grain to glass bourbon, aged 2 years and bottled on-site at Treaty Oak.

Treaty Oak Mint Julep

This is a cocktail made in the glass.
  • .75 oz simple syrup
  • 2.25 oz Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Bourbon
  • 7 to 8 mint leaves
  • Crushed ice
How to make
  • Combine the mint leaves and simple syrup into the glass
  • Gently muddle the mint leaves to release the oils
  • Add the crushed ice
  • Add the bourbon
  • Stir well
  • Add more crushed ice
  • Garnish with a mint leaf
Enjoy this excellent cocktail on your patio, at the pool or mix up a big batch and take it to the lake. Of course, be prepared to make them for the Kentucky Derby, but why stop there check out the official drink of the Belmont Stakes the Belmont Jewel.
If this is not for your check out the Andalusia Mojito, Texas Lemonade, Rusty Nail, or Smoke Old-Fashioned Ice Cube.

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