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Non-Traditional Coconut Palm Sugar Mint Julep

This Non-Traditional Mint Julep will have you kicking up you heals (er, um, make that hooves) this Kentucky Derby Day. 

Non-Traditional Mind Julep is frosty, minty, sweet and kicky with Jack Daniels Kentucky bourbon and a light splash of ginger ale.

My Non-Traditional Mind Julep is frosty, minty, sweet and kicky with Jack Daniels Kentucky bourbon and a light splash of ginger-ale. It’s perfect for sipping and is just right for a hot summer’s day.


Non-Traditional Coconut Palm Sugar Mint Julep -

I decided to use coconut palm sugar when making the simple syrup for this cocktail because palm sugar is a good alternative for when you’re trying to lower your fructose consumption. Since coconut palm sugar is higher in sucrose, it’s lower in fructose and glucose making it a better option for people who are looking to control spikes in their blood sugar levels.

Unfortunately, coconut palm sugar has the same number of calories and carbs as regular granulated sugar, but your body absorbs coconut palm sugar differently, making it a slightly healthier option…especially if you’re going to have more than one of these! *raises hand*  Of course regular granulated sugar may always be used in place of the coconut palm. It’s all good 🙂

Yield:  1 cocktail

To make the simple syrup:
1 cup filtered water
½ cup coconut palm sugar (or granulated sugar)

-Bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook and stir until the liquid reduces and thickens slightly (approximately 3-4 minutes). Cool completely.

To make the cocktail:
1 ounce Kentucky Bourbon
1 ounce simple syrup
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, muddled (crushed) into a chunky paste (or to taste)
crushed ice
ginger ale
Fresh mint leaves for garnish

-Add the first 4 ingredients into a cocktail glass. Top with ginger ale and stir to combine. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

Naturally this recipe reminds me of some custom coffee mugs I painted last year for a school fundraiser. They’re definitely a fun fit for Kentucky Derby Day!

Kentucky Derby Day Painted Coffee Mugs -
If there is ever anything I can paint for you, please contact me or visit my shop. Custom orders (like this one) are always welcome! Together, we give the gifts that people remember!
Kudos Kitchen by Reneé ~ Where food, art, and fun collide on a regular basis!





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