Don't know how to make a mint julep? No need to worry — New Riff Distilling in Bellevue has a fun take on the traditional drink.
Named Run for the Rye — wordplay on Run for the Roses, a nickname for the derby due to the fact the winning jockey receives a garland made of hundreds of roses — this julep mixes it up with a tropical twist instead of just simple syrup.
“Personally, I don’t usually like juleps because they’re too sweet," Katie Tobin, bar manager at The Aquifer at New Riff Distilling, tells CityBeat. "But this is a julep for non-believers! This recipe works great because the pineapple is a softer flavor against the spiciness of our rye, balanced with the fresh green flavor of the mint.”
Run for the Rye
- 2 oz. New Riff Kentucky straight rye
- .75 oz. pineapple syrup (store-bought or homemade)
- Handful of fresh mint
- Crushed ice
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a shaker tin filled with ice. Strain into a highball glass or copper julep cup over crushed ice and garnish with fresh mint.
And if you're looking for a straight-up, copper-cup, no-frills cocktail, Maker's Mark shared its mint julep recipe online.
- 2 parts Maker's Mark Bourbon
- 1/2 part simple syrup
- Fresh mint leaves