We host a Kentucky Derby Party every year, and have for 10 years. When each guest arrives they are given a real Churchill Downs commemorative mint julep glass to which they then add a self-stick name tag on which they print their name. This serves as their glass, name tag, and souvenir of the party. Many still have one from each year of the party as Churchill Downs produces a new one each year!!!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
65
Yield:
65 servings
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Ingredients

65
Original recipe yields 65 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan and stir in sugar until dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil the syrup until it becomes clear, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

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  • Stir 1 cup mint leaves into the simple syrup and allow to cool thoroughly. Pour syrup and mint leaves into a container with a lid. Mix in 1 more cup mint leaves, cover, and refrigerate mint syrup at least 4 hours or overnight.

  • Pour whiskey and chilled mint syrup into a large cooler or drink dispenser.

  • To serve, fill 10-ounce glasses with ice and dispense 2 to 4 ounces mint julep mixture into each glass. Top with ice water and 1 or 2 mint leaves per cocktail and stir.

Cook's Note:

Make double the amount of simple syrup, using 6 cups water and 6 cups sugar; add more syrup to taste to whiskey for a sweeter cocktail, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; proteing; carbohydrates 9.4g 3% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 2.7mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2018
We made these for a Derby party and they turned out great! Here is the mixture I used: 4 1/2 cups sugar 4 1/2 cups water for the simple syrup. When i put it together i used a 1.75 liter of Kentucky bourbon with the simple syrup mix. It was REALLY strong so I diluted it with 1-2 liters of club soda and 1 liter of water. A 10 lb bag of ice with the mixture in a cooler did the trick! It was delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2018
This recipe is close - I made 6 cups of the simple syrup based on the comments. I thought it was too sweet with that amount although the original 3 cups was not sweet enough. As you keep tasting it s hard to judge the sweetness - I thought I had it right then came back a few hours later to determine it was way too sweet. People said they enjoyed it but I had a lot leftover which I think speaks more than words. I found another recipe that has more exact measurements (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/damaris-phillips/mint-julep-party-pitcher-2387909) I m going to try that next time. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2018
We made these for a Derby party and they turned out great! Here is the mixture I used: 4 1/2 cups sugar 4 1/2 cups water for the simple syrup. When i put it together i used a 1.75 liter of Kentucky bourbon with the simple syrup mix. It was REALLY strong so I diluted it with 1-2 liters of club soda and 1 liter of water. A 10 lb bag of ice with the mixture in a cooler did the trick! It was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2012
It is perfect--we followed the "cook's note" and used 6 cups of water and sugar for the simple syrup. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2014
Worked well for New Years but didn't go as fast as drinks from year's past. We went a bit sweeter. The feedback while good overall included a number of "strong" and "too sweet" comments. We'll experiment with adding lemon juice to the leftovers (we premixed it to avoid the recipe variation you get from filling the fountain while drunk). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2018
This recipe is close - I made 6 cups of the simple syrup based on the comments. I thought it was too sweet with that amount although the original 3 cups was not sweet enough. As you keep tasting it s hard to judge the sweetness - I thought I had it right then came back a few hours later to determine it was way too sweet. People said they enjoyed it but I had a lot leftover which I think speaks more than words. I found another recipe that has more exact measurements (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/damaris-phillips/mint-julep-party-pitcher-2387909) I m going to try that next time. Read More
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