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Mint Julep Martini

Yield Makes 1 serving
The julep is considered the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Kyle Tabler of The Red Lounge in Louisville adds a martini twist to this favorite sipper.


  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla vodka*
  • 1 teaspoon clear crème de menthe
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Garnishes: fresh mint sprig, orange rind curl

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a martini shaker. Cover with lid, and shake until thoroughly chilled. Remove lid, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.

  2. *1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract may be substituted.

  3. Note: This recipe can be easily doubled. Make desired amount of servings, and store in a pitcher. Serve chilled. For testing purposes only, we used Smirnoff Vanilla Twist for vanilla vodka and Grand Marnier for orange liqueur.

The Red Lounge, Louisville, Kentucky