Spring to Summer Cocktail: A Citrus Peach Mint Julep

Citrus-Peach Mint Julep Cocktail RecipeIf you’re planning cocktail recipes for your Kentucky Derby Day party, mix it up a bit and go ‘Florida style’ with this citrus infused Kentucky Julep recipe. With oranges, grapefruit, and mint, the combination of sweet and sour is sure to please.

Citrus–Peach Mint Julep


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup peach nectar
  • ¾ cup mint leaves
  • ½ cup fresh peaches, chopped
  • 4 cups Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • Shaved ice
  • 10 Florida orange slices, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish
  • Powdered sugar, optional



Combine sugar and water in small saucepan; bring to simmer and stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; refrigerate until chilled.

Combine peach nectar, mint leaves and peaches in cocktail shaker. Muddle ingredients until peaches are crushed and mint is fragrant. In large pitcher, combine muddled peach mixture, chilled sugar syrup, bourbon, orange juice and grapefruit juice; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours until well chilled.

To serve, fill martini glass to rim with shaved ice; pour in Citrus-Peach Mint Julep. Garnish with orange slice and mint leaf; dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of the Florida Department of Citrus

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