Enjoy the Run for the Roses on Kentucky Derby Day with this Midwest version of the classic recipe: Kentucky Pear Mint Julep.
Churchill Downs, located in Louisville, Kentucky is the host to the Kentucky Derby and the Home of the signature drink of the Run for the Roses: Mint Julep.
But here in the midwest, we’re fond of our four-legged racing friends too and love to raise a glass to the winner with this timely take on the classic recipe: Kentucky Pear Mint Julep.
The truth is, spring wouldn’t be spring without watching the Kentucky Derby. That first Saturday each May, you’ll find folks glued to the television to see which horse crosses the finish line first.
You can’t help but get caught up in all of the excitement as the ponies are paraded around the grounds and see the bright colors of the jockeys’ silks.
But what sets apart this race for many is that while it may only be one and a quarter miles long, it certainly offer an adrenaline rush with an exciting two minutes of sheer power of twenty equines racing down the track.
How to Make Kentucky Pear Mint Julep Recipe
So to celebrate the Run for the Roses, I came up with the idea for this deliciously simple Kentucky Pear Mint Julep recipe. I love the freshness of the combination of mint and pear and when pared (no pun intended) with Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.
Kentucky Pear Mint Julep Ingredients
This recipe takes minimal ingredients, basically pear juice or nectar, mint leaves, ice and, of course, bourbon. It’s made similarly like my Spa Mojito Recipe, found right here on Wisconsin Homemaker.
Next, add the your favorite brand of bourbon, followed with a handful of ice.
Top with more pear juice and stir well.
You can garnish with a sprig of mint or slice of pear.
As you can see, it’s that quick and easy—smooth and tasty too. Enjoy!
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Kentucky Pear Mint Julep Recipe
- 1/2 cup pear juice or nectar*
- 4 mint leaves
- 2.5 oz Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
- Gently muddle the mint leaves with 1 tbsp pear juice at the bottom of a glass.
- Fill 3/4 of the glass with ice cubes and add the Kentucky bourbon. Stir well.
- Splash with more pear juice and again, stir well.
- Garnish with additional mint leaves. Serve. Enjoy!