Every day is a good day to prepare for the Kentucky Derby. Here’s a twist on the marvelous mint julep.  I love the standard mint julep but I also like playing around with different ingredients to create new flavors. Let’s call this one the “breakfast julep” because it has mandarin orange juice and will ease you on a path of mint julep day drinking. Its almost like you are having a really good spiked orange juice. The mint, orange, and bourbon are awesome together and create a small kick of flavor that sends me over the edge. I cannot get enough of this mint julep and plan on making a big batch for the first Saturday in May! Join me and let’scelebrate with a breakfast julep! Note: If you are making this for a group you could use orange juice instead of mandarin orange juice to make things easier.

Recipe: Mandarin Mint Julep


  • 1.5 ounces of bourbon
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 3 mandarin oranges, juiced
  • mandarin orange, segmented
  • 1/2 mandarin orange, segmented
  • 1 cup of ice, crushed

Garnish: Mint, dried orange, and/or fresh mandarin orange segments


  • In a mixing glass add bourbon, mint, mandarin orange juice, and mandarin orange segments
  • Muddle mixture and add crushed ice to serving glass
  • Strain mixture into serving glass
  • Garnish with mint, dried orange, and/or fresh mandarin orange segments

Yields: 1 serving


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