A mint julep always sounds so classic and refreshing… until you order one and realize it’s a strong, bourbon-based drink! This Champagne Julep Cocktail brings a lighter, effervescent touch to the classic that seems a bit more fitting to celebrating on hot summer days.
I first shared this Fizzy Julep recipe on my friend’s blog, Amanda’s Cookin’.
The Mint julep is the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby and has been for nearly a century, so I can’t think of one without the other. When I went to Kentucky for a weekend last year, there was no doubt what my drink order was going to be – and let’s just say I’m shocked that 120,000 of these get served every year at the Kentucky Derby and people still feel cognizant enough to socialize and bet on the races!
(However, once a bit of the ice melted I was able to sip on it quite nicely. And I should add that I’m not a whiskey or a scotch drinker, but I am slowly coming around to brandy.)
I like to think of this fizzy take on the mint julep as what you’d order if your horse wins the race!
It’s a fun, celebratory drink that is smoother than a traditional mint julep but still has all of the flavor. I tried it both with and without the sugar and I think it really depends on how dry your champagne is, but I preferred it without.
Ingredients for Champagne Julep Cocktail
- Handful of mint
- 1 teaspoon of sugar, optional
- 4 oz bourbon or whiskey
- 6-8 oz champagne
Kitchen Materials You May Find Helpful:
- Jigger or measuring cup
- Cocktail shaker
- Herb keeper
How to Make a Mint Julep with Champagne
Place mint in the bottom of your cocktail shaker and muddle.
Add ice and bourbon. Shake well until fully chilled, about 1 minute.
Strain and pour into two champagne flutes.
Top with champagne and additional mint for garnish. Serve.
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