Clementine Mint Julep

Now that spring is in the air, my mint plants are coming back to life. The weeds are too, but that’s a different story.  So, for my first mint cocktail of this season, I decided to play around with the mint julep. Seeing as the Kentucky Derby isn’t too far away and I have a few bottles of Maker’s Mark on the counter, I figured now was the right time. After a few trials, this clementine mint julep was created – and consumed – and created – and consumed. And now it’s your turn to do the same.

Clementine Mint Julep

Instead of using sugar in the drink, I muddled half of a clementine and added some Amaro Montenegro and fresh lemon juice. The traditional mint and bourbon are still in there, although I did take the amount of bourbon down slightly so it didn’t overpower the other ingredients.

Clementine Mint Julep recipe

Served in a julep glass (or a rocks glass if you don’t have the julep one) with crushed ice, it’s perfect for sipping on a sunny afternoon. Or an overcast afternoon. Or basically whenever you feel like it. That’s really all that matters.

Clementine Mint Julep
Serves: 1
  • ½ peeled clementine orange
  • 12 to 15 mint leaves
  • 1-1/2 ounces bourbon (I used Maker's Mark)
  • ½ ounce Amaro Montenegro
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Mint sprig for garnish
  1. Add clementine orange to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the garnish to the cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  3. Shake and double strain into a julep glass filled with crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy!

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Note: I was sent a bottle of Maker’s Mark to enjoy. All thoughts, opinions, images and recipe are my own.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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