Mint Julep Martini

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.


Makes 1 serving

Recipe from

Southern Living


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


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.

*1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract may be substituted.

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.

Kyle Tabler,

The Red Lounge, Louisville, Kentucky,

Southern Living

April 2004