White Dog Julep Recipe

White Dog Julep
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Looking to spice up your Derby experience? Mix up this twist on the classic Julep, which calls for a healthy dose of moonshine. Liquor.com advisory board member and award-winning author David Wondrich created this tasty tipple in honor of Kentucky’s 220th anniversary of being a state.


2 tsp Sugar
.5 oz Water
6 to 8 Fresh mint leaves
2 to 3 oz Unaged corn or rye whiskey (AKA white dog or moonshine)

Preparation: How to make a White Dog Julep

  1. Add the sugar and water to a highball glass
  2. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Add the mint leaves and press lightly with a muddler.
  4. Pack the glass with finely cracked ice (wrap cubes in a towel and bash the bejeezus out of them with something hard and heavy).
  5. Add the whiskey.
  6. Stir, add more ice to make up for any shrinkage
  7. Garnish with two or three sprigs of mint and a straw.
White Dog Julep