Celebrate Kentucky Derby with Fresh Lemon Mint Juleps


Since the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, I thought I would create the ideal springtime mint julep. My version is slightly different, made with fresh lemon juice and agave nectar. It’s traditionally served in an iced silver or pewter mug during the Kentucky Derby, but any glass is fine when it tastes this good (and I promise you, it’s fabulous). I used Gentleman Jack which is one of my favorite bourbons, but feel free to use your favorite. Enjoy a taste of Kentucky with every sip of this fresh drink.

Fresh Lemon Mint Julip

Prep Times:

5 minutes


1 serving


1/3 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar (I used light)
5 mint leaves, finely chopped
Fresh mint


1. Combine bourbon, lemon juice, nectar and fresh mint stirring well. Strain mixture into tall glass filled with ice, removing mint. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and serve.

8 thoughts on “Celebrate Kentucky Derby with Fresh Lemon Mint Juleps”

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  3. Your Agave Mint Julep’s were delicious. My husbnd is from Kentucky and he was a little skeptical. They were the hit of our Kentucky Derby party. People were disappointed when we ran out of Agave Syrup. If someone doesn’t like Bourbon or mint julep’s, this is the recipe for them. The lemon gives this drink a nice clean citrus taste and offsets the taste of the Bourbon. I never realized how easy it is to find Agave syrup. Trader Joe’s carries it, my local cooking store as well as the health food store. Your Agave Julep variation will definately become an annual tradition.

  4. The Lemon mint juleps were a huge hit at our First Annual Kentucky Derby party! “These are darn good and so refreshing!” was just one of the many comments we heard throughout the afternoon. Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe and for making our party such a hit!

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