Orange Mint Julep

This past week has been amazing.  I’m more relaxed.  I don’t feel like there’s this constant feeling of “I have to get A, B, and C done before I go to work.”  It’s wonderful.  So…I made you all a drink to celebrate my new found nirvana.

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This Orange Mint Julep is a twist on the Derby classic.  Mike had bartended a private party for the Kentucky Derby this year.  They did two signature drinks, and one of them was a Mint Julep of course.  It is the official drink of the Derby, and Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon.  When he came home from the event, he had a giant bag of oranges and mint leaves.

I had to think of something to make with all of those ingredients.  I couldn’t just let them go to waste, and my fruit obsessed son wasn’t feeling oranges that week.  A mojito popped into my head first, but meh.  And I’m a whiskey drinker so a julep it was.  And here we are.  This drink is everything I hoped it would be.  Refreshing from the citrus with a classic julep flavor.

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Orange Mint Julep

Author Julie Espy {White Lights on Wednesday}


  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 orange wedge peel on
  • 2 1/2 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • Ice
  • Toothpick


  1. Remove peel from orange wedge and cut into a small sliver. Twist peel and skewer with toothpick.
  2. Tear mint leaves and place in a rocks glass. Squeeze orange wedge into glass, discard fruit. Muddle orange juice with mint leaves. Add bourbon. Give drink a quick stir. Add ice. Garnish with orange peel. Enjoy!



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