Being that the race itself lasts literally two minutes, it’s unquestionably an abundance of mint juleps that help fuel all-day Kentucky Derby celebrations. And since Maison Premiere is basically Brooklyn’s best source for the mint-accented, bourbon-tinged tipples (offering multiple variations daily) we turned to bar director, Will Elliott, for recipes. Couple them with Sweet Chick’s hearty take on the Louisville staple, the “hot brown” (which will provide all the sustenance you’ll need for imbibing in more mint juleps, of course), and you’ll have all the makings of a DIY Derby party; seersucker not required.
San Domingo Julep (courtesy of bar director Will Elliott)
Do not skimp on aromatics, specifically mint. Buy the store out of mint. This is the most important part of the julep, more important even than the quality of the bourbon.
.25 oz of 2:1 Demerara syrup
2 oz Diplomatico Reserva
Build in a julep tin with crushed ice. Serve in a julep glass with a mint bouquet.
Barber Of Seville
It’s all about the execution of the julep. Proper glassware is important, or in this case, proper tins. While a true julep tin is best, anything metal will suffice. Metal tins conduct cold most effectively, and lead to nice, frosted juleps. The frostier, the better.
3 dashes Orange Bitters
.5 vial Orange Flower Water
.5 oz lemon
.25 oz orgeat
.5 oz Old Overholt
.75 oz Cappeletti
1 oz Hidalgo Manzanilla
Build in a julep tin with crushed ice. Serve in a julep glass with a parasol, shaved marcona almond and orange zest.
Crushed ice is another essential element to the perfect julep. For a small party, you can use the crushed ice function on your fridge, and for something larger you can buy an ice crusher OR you could go the tried and true method of putting ice cubes in a plastic bag and crushing them with a mallet.
3 dashes Angostura
4 sprays of Red Cardamom Tincture
1 tsp Demarara
.5 oz raspberry syrup
.75 oz lemon
1 oz Four Roses
1 oz Yaguara
Build in a julep tin with crushed ice. Serve in a julep glass with 1 lime twist, 1 raspberry, and red cardamom tincture.