Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey Bourbon has over 56 years in the Bourbon industry. The julep has been the classic beverage of the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. The higher proof of Wild Turkey 101 produces a richer, deeper and fuller taste, making it a bigger, better tasting mint julep.
With 56 Derbies under his belt, Russell’s julep has been precisely refined. As they say, practice makes perfect.
Here’s Jimmy’s julep recipe.
THE 56 JULEP
2.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
3 sprigs of mint (six to eight mature-sized leaves)
1.5 teaspoons brown sugar
.5 cup crushed ice
In a traditional silver julep cup or double-old fashioned glass, muddle two sprigs of mint with the brown sugar and one ounce of Wild Turkey 101 for a few minutes, crushing the mint leaves with a spoon. Add the crushed ice, the remaining bourbon, and garnish with sprig of mint. Enjoy!