Champagne Julep Recipe

Bourbon, Mint, Sugar, Champagne
Champagne Julep
Photo for Will Shenton

The Champagne Julep is a fairly simple, creative, and bubbly variation on the classic Mint Julep. While it doesn't differ too much from the original, this recipe employs champagne to mellow out the sugar and give the drink a bit of cosmopolitan elegance on top of its genteel roots.

As if the Kentucky Derby wasn't fancy enough, the Champagne Julep is the perfect cocktail for any black-tie viewing party. Bonus points if you're not the biggest fan of bourbon, as this softens it up perfectly.

Champagne Julep Ingredients

2 oz bourbon
6 mint leaves
1 tsp superfine sugar or 0.5 oz simple syrup
4 oz champagne

How to make a Champagne Julep

  1. In a julep cup, muddle 4 of the mint leaves and the sugar or simple syrup (if using sugar, also add a few drops of water to help with dissolution).
  2. Fill cup three-quarters of the way with crushed ice.
  3. Add bourbon and stir very gently.
  4. Add more crushed ice.
  5. Add champagne.
  6. Fill cup with crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of bruised mint, and serve.
Champagne Julep
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