When we think of springtime favorite Derby parties, we think of this Ginger-Mint Julep cocktail. This slightly spicier version of the refreshing icon Mint Julep only uses five ingredients and is easy enough to throw together in no time for a crowd of friends and family. It is so good, in fact, that even bourbon haters will be hard-pressed to find a reason not to enjoy this easy sipper as temps begin to rise. For best results, we recommend using a high-proof bourbon (preferably from Kentucky to stay on theme!) that will help keep the cocktail from becoming watered down as the ice melts.
Instead of using a ginger beer variation in this cocktail recipe, we opted for the Xoca's Ginger Cacao Fruit Soda, a prebiotic soda powered by the natural goodness of cacao fruit! This soda is the first of its kind and delicious as a standalone healthy beverage or used as a mixer for cocktails and mocktails - we especially love the extra flavor punch in this recipe. Xoca is the brainchild of a small group of cacao enthusiasts with extremely different backgrounds, who together are bounded by a commitment to pure and simple foods that honor land, people, and the creative process.
Big fan of mixing up new cocktails at home? Treat yourself to our Crafthouse by Fortessa Cocktail Shaker Set! This beautifully made set was designed by award-winning mixologist, Charles Joly, and features all the bar tools you need (minus the ingredients) for crafting professional-level cocktails at home regardless of your mixology experience. Each kit includes a two-piece Boston Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer, Jiggler, Muddler, and Bar Spoon. Give this set a spin by mixing up this delicious Ginger-Mint Julep recipe, then go on to conquer the world of cocktails!
We took this warm-weather classic and added a touch of spice for a truly refreshing cocktail that will be easy to serve up at your next party!
7 fresh mint leaves
1 tsp sugar
3 oz bourbon
4 oz Ginger Cacao Fruit Soda
Fresh mint for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle together your mint and sugar. Top the mixture with bourbon and shake it with ice.
Strain into a julep glass (or whatever glass you have on hand) and fill with ice and ginger beer. Garnish with your fresh mint and enjoy!