Updated: May 15, 2021
Today’s the running of the Kentucky Derby. In the same amount of time that it takes to run the race, you can make a refreshing gin julep that will be the perfect accompaniment to your Derby hat.
We tend to associate mint juleps with bourbon, but juleps made with gin (or genever, to be more precise) were equally as popular in the nineteenth century. Contemporary versions of the gin julep call for equal parts genever and gin. We found, though, that The Naturalist American Gin from our friends at Still Austin is an ideal substitute for genever. Its rye and corn base gives the finished cocktail a bourbon-like finish. If you’re looking for something a little less juniper forward, you may try replacing the simple syrup with honey syrup. We certainly weren’t disappointed at the taste and the color!
Whether you use honey or simple syrup, or genever or gin, we’re sure you’ll find that a gin julep is a refreshing spring cocktail that can be enjoyed throughout the warmer months ahead.
10-12 fresh mint leaves
1 oz simple syrup or honey syrup
1 oz Plymouth Gin
1 oz The Naturalist American Gin
Muddle the fresh mint and syrup in the bottom of a julep cup or tumbler. Add the gins and fill the glass halfway with crushed ice. Stir, and top with more ice to create a small dome above the rim of the glass. Garnish with fresh mint.