Recipe: Southern Silks Mint Julep

Tradition holds a lot of importance in the South, especially when it involves the menu.

This weekend, Little Rock locals will celebrate both with the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby at the fourth annual Southern Silks event, a “post-race soirée” with Derby-inspired food and libations, live and silent auctions, and much more.

Southern Silks will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Metroplex, and benefits Methodist Family Health, a nonprofit that provides psychiatric and behavioral healthcare programs for children and families in Arkansas.

To get you in the Derby day spirit, here’s a deliciously traditional recipe from the Southern Silks team.


Southern Silks Mint Julep


For the mint simple syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch mint

For the julep:

  • 1 scant oz. mint simple syrup
  • 1 scant oz. club soda
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 2 oz. Rock Town bourbon
  • fresh mint sprig, for garnish



For the mint simple syrup, in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, combine water and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat slightly, then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take the pan off the heat, add mint leaves and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours.

Pro tip: The syrup can be made one week ahead. Keep refrigerated.

To a silver julep cup, add simple syrup, then 1 cup of crushed ice, bourbon and a splash of club soda. Add enough of the remaining ice to almost fill the glass. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint.


To learn more about the Methodist Family Health Foundation, visit the organization’s website or give them a follow on Facebook.


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