Sparkling Mint Juleps

Sparkling Mint Juleps

Happy Friday!

Hold on to your giant fancy hats – the Kentucky Derby® is coming up in a few weeks, so we’ve partnered with 14 Hands Wine (a.k.a. the preferred wine of the Kentucky Derby) to bring you a fresh spring cocktail. What is it? A twist on a traditional mint julep – it’s minty, it’s tangy, and it’s sparkly!

Sparkling Mint Juleps Sparkling Mint Juleps

The classic mint julep is made with mint, bourbon, simple syrup and crushed ice. Instead of the simple syrup, I took the liberty of adding lime juice and sparkling wine instead. I think bubbles make everything better and 14 Hands Brut, with its apple and citrus flavors, is the perfect addition.

Sparkling Mint Juleps Sparkling Mint Juleps

I hope you give this one a try this weekend or while you’re enjoying the Derby on Saturday, May 6th!

Also – tune in to Facebook Live on April 27th at 2pm (central). I’ll be making Derby drinks a (including a delicious and refreshing rosé cocktail that’s pictured above!), along with some pretty party bites.


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Sparkling Mint Juleps
 
Recipe type: cocktail
Serves: makes 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 5 mint leaves + a sprig of mint for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish
  • 2½ teaspoons maple syrup
  • handful of ice
  • ¼ cup 14 Hands Brut
Instructions
  1. In a jar, combine the mint, bourbon, lime juice, maple syrup and stir. Pour into an 8 ounce julep glass filled with ice and top it off with the sparkling wine. Garnish with more lime slices and mint leaves.

Special thanks to 14 Hands Winery for partnering on this post!


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13 comments

  1. Laura from kneadingadventure.com on said:

    What a fun twist! I’ll have to give this a try.

  2. Natalie from workovereasy.com on said:

    Mmmm this looks great! I love mint in the summer months but normally just go for a mojito. You’re right bubbles do make everything better though

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  3. Gorgeous pictures, and I love this springy twist on the mint julep! I’m excited to see what the rosé cocktail entails.

  4. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com on said:

    I’m inspired by this cocktail, love the swap for simple syrup with the wine in this julep twist, thank you for this!

  5. Cara Cifelli from caraskitchen.net on said:

    This look fun and festive! what a great drink recipe

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  10. Rachel from cooklogic.com on said:

    really simple but fantastic taste. enjoyed this one.

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