The Mint Julep with a Twist

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With the Kentucky Derby going on this weekend, Megan and I wanted to share our special Peach Mint Julep recipe with all of you. We met at school in Kentucky and our first official date was to a horse race at Keeneland in Lexington.

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We don’t keep up with horse racing at all, but for two minutes once a year we love to watch the Kentucky Derby and drink an old favorite. Our Mint Julep has roots in both Northern Michigan and good’ol Bourbon County. Two places that are very special to us.

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

Ingredients and Materials Needed to Make Peach Mint Julep

To create our Mint Julep with a twist, you will need a couple unique items.

Fresh mint

Crushed ice

Wooden muddler, (the best non-single-barrel bourbon)

Woodford Reserve (the best peach preserve in the world)

American Spoon Red Haven Peach Preserves.

How To Make Peach Mint Julep Recipe

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

The base of any Mint Julep is going to be Kentucky bourbon, fresh mint, and some source of sweetness. So feel free to make this your own. However, we will be mixing up some of these with my family in Texas this weekend.

Step 1

Add a handful of fresh mint and 1 tablespoon of American Spoon Peach Preserve into a cup. Pewter is the proper cup for a Mint Julep, however a rocks glass will work as well. Muddle the mint and peach preserve together until it cannot break down any further. Then add your crushed ice.

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

2. Add that golden goodness. 2-3 oz of Woodford Reserve is ideal, but if you put in a heavy beat make it 4 oz.

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange
The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

3. Stir it all together and add more crushed ice if it is beginning to melt down. The ideal temperature for this cocktail is just over freezing. As this is meant to be a late spring cocktail, it will start out a bit boozy, but the ice will melt down and add water to the cocktail. Just be aware of that when mixing.

The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange
peach mint julep
The Mint Julep: A Derby Day Cocktail wit Peaches | The Fresh Exchange

 Wrap Up…

I hope y’all enjoy our Mint Julep with a twist! Let us know if you have any twists of your own, we always love trying new recipes! Have a great Derby Day.

Consider checking the recipes below, to pair with your newly made drink!

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Hello! I’m Megan Gilger,

A strong believer that nature and the seasons are our greatest teachers. We live on a hill in Leelanau County, Michigan just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. This land we are responsible for is where we are focused on building a life around the seasons and intention. We spend our days here building a regenerative model of living and focusing our garden on native plants and intensive polyculture planting styles. My focus is less on self-sufficiency and more on community-sufficiency through how we grow and connect through the seasons.
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