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Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend—and while we need no excuse to drink a little bourbon, we're happy to dress ours up for the occasion and break out our new julep cups! We're love a fun twist on the julep, but we went super classic here. All you need to run out for is a little mint and you're all set.


Classic Mint Julep

2 sprigs of fresh mint
1/2 oz simple syrup
2 oz bourbon

Muddle one sprig of mint with the simple syrup in the bottom of a julep cup. Fill cup with crushed ice and add in bourbon. Swirl with a bar spoon until outside of cup is frosted. Fill again with crushed ice, and top with mint sprig.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail: The Morehouse

Today's cocktail recipe was concocted by my very dear friend Amanda Clarke. She's a stellar pastry chef who left New York City (boo hoo) for an amazing farm upstate that she and her husband Cory have been working on for the past few years. Every once in a while, I like to go up and visit her – we have the BEST time antiquing, boozing it up, and catching up. And, might I mention that a chef is not a bad pal to have? The place is like a veritable bed & breakfast!!! Hello, pancakes cooked in bacon fat. 

Amanda's come up with a cocktail recipe that's perfect for a weekend morning — a little coffee, a little Bourbon — what else do you need to start the day off right? Enjoy!


After my husband and I moved out of the city a few years back, we started digging into the history of our new home. In our researches we were particularly thrilled to find out about a band of counterfeiters that had operated out of this area during the colonial era: the Dover Money Club. This, we decided, would be the name of the bar that we planned to build in our barn. While lots of other projects at our new home have intervened, and the barn bar has yet to physically materialize (though it will!), our Dover Money Club gained its official existence when our dear friend Meg bestowed us with these badass custom Love & Victory glasses.

When asked to write a drink post for the blog, since I planned to use those special glasses, I wanted to make sure that the drink I developed was of this place as much as possible. This brought me immediately to Crown Maple syrup, which is made right here in our little town and is also, to my mind, the finest maple syrup available (not that I'd kick ANY maple syrup out of bed). I've also incorporated dairy from Hudson Valley Fresh, a cooperative on the other side of our county; Irving Farm coffee, roasted a few towns north in Millerton; and had I been on the ball, I might've used some Millbrook Distilleries bourbon, from the next town to the north and east, too. However, I was not on the ball, so I used what I had on hand.

Anyhow, in honor of Elisha Morehouse, a purported member of the original Dover Money Club and proprietor of the Morehouse Tavern – a somewhat notable establishment (Washington met with his generals there) that once stood only a mile or so from where I now write – and as a nod to Meggy, a Moorhouse of a different spelling but just, here is The Morehouse cocktail.

The Morehouse 

(serves 1)

1 oz cold-brew coffee hooch*
1 oz bourbon**
½ oz maple syrup
1 oz half & half

Shake ingredients vigorously with lots of ice.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Enjoy your breakfast.

*For the cold-brew coffee hooch: combine 4 parts whiskey or other liquor of your choice with 1 part freshly ground coffee (i.e. 2 cups whiskey: ½ cup coffee); stir vigorously; cover and refrigerate for about 12 hours; pour through a coffee filter-lined strainer or Chemex; gently squeeze the grounds in the filter to extract as much liquid as possible; done. I haven't tested it, but this stuff should store pretty well in an airtight container in the fridge or some other cool, dark spot.

Alternatively, you could use an ounce of strong coffee in place of the coffee hooch, but where's the fun in that?!

**I used our house “bourbon”, Pendleton blended Canadian whiskey (the same thing I used to make the coffee hooch), which I think has some subtle hints of maple and vanilla that lend it to this particular concoction, but your favorite brown liquor or even vodka (this is kind of a take on the good ol' White Russian, after all) should make a thoroughly tasty quaff.