This ‘Game Changin’ Mint Julep Recipe by Famous Kentuckian Henry Watterson

Mint Julep Recipe
Boozy Refreshing Bourbon Mint Julep with Ice and Sugar

Henry Watterson may not mean much to you now. But back in his day (1840 – 1921), that son-of-a-gun could apparently raise hell and along with it, newspaper sales with the best of ’em. Mr. Watterson was a Pulitzer Prize winning editor of The Louisville Courier-Journal Newspaper, so a darn good one at that. He apparently had an incredible knack for storytelling and thrived with bringing humor and life to his wordsmithing ways.

Henry Watterson. From Wikipedia

A political activist, one of his more famous passages being after internally criticizing his own party (Democrats) and saying of the matter, “Things have come to a hell of a pass, when a man can’t whip his own jackass.”

His namesake is unknowingly known, carrying on as the I-264 Watterson Expressway bypass in Louisville that leads to the cathedral of horse racing itself…Churchill Downs…hallowed ground of The Kentucky Derby.

And with the most exciting 2 minutes in sports comes the traditions of fancy suites and dresses, large awkward hats, unpredictable weather, and of course and perhaps most renown of all…the Kentucky Bourbon Mint Julep.

Photo Credit: Seth Thompson

It is now with tremendous honor and pride that I share with you Mr. Watterson’s pristine and elegant take on the iconic Kentucky Derby weekend nectar. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Watterson’s own articulate Mint Julep Recipe!


  1. Pluck the mint gently from its bed, just as the dew of the evening is about to form on it.
  2. Select the choicer sprigs only, but do not rinse them.
  3. Prepare the simple syrup and measure out a half-tumbler of whiskey.
  4. Pour the whiskey into a well-frosted silver cup.
  5. Throw the other ingredients away, and drink the whiskey.

There you have it folks! Happy Kentucky Derby to you!

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