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Washington DC Mint Julep Cocktail

Washington DC Mint Julep Cocktail

The Spherical Robin Bar on the luxurious Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. is acknowledged because the birthplace of the Mint Julep within the nation’s capital. Kentucky Statesman Henry Clay is believed to have first launched the cocktail to Washingtonians at Willard within the 1830s when he famously shipped a barrel of Kentucky bourbon to town to be used in his diplomatic efforts. In contrast to those that made their Mint Juleps with brandy, rye whiskey, or rum, Clay used Kentucky bourbon, which Spherical Robin Bar nonetheless honors and makes use of to today. Spherical Robin Bar sells greater than 20,000 Mint Juleps yearly.


  • 1 oz. Glowing Water
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice
  • 2 oz. Maker’s Mark
  • 4-6 Mint Leaves + sprig for garnish
  • Lemon twist for garnish 

Methodology: Add mint leaves, sugar, a part of the glowing water, and a small measure of Southern-style bourbon to a tall glass. Muddle gently. Add crushed ice and blend gently. Add extra crushed ice and prime off with the remainder of the bourbon and water; combine gently. Garnish with a mint sprig, lemon twist, and a dusting of sugar.


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