I live in Kentucky and have enjoyed this recipe since I first saw it in Southern Living. I have served it many times and have received outstanding reviews with requests for the recipe!! Can't ask for anything more. Didn't change a thing about it. I really enjoy this around Derby time since I am not a fan of the real mint julep. It is somewhat of a girlie drink, as it is sweeter than drinks most men like.
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.
Yield: Makes 1 serving
- 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.
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