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Mint Julep + Giveaway

We’ve got a perfect Mint Julep Recipe for spring, plus a fabulous giveaway you won’t want to miss!

Mint Julep Recipe #mint #cocktails

Lt. Dan is popping in today to share a refreshing cocktail with you…

Well, here we go!  This is week 1 of a weekly post called “Random Musings with Lt. Dan”.  Mrs. Spicy has finally let me take on a weekly post that is a little different from what you are used to here on A Spicy Perspective.

I will be sharing many random thoughts, but focused mostly on stuff for guys.  Expect to see killer cocktail recipes, some of my favorite restaurants and bars, features on many of my favorite “guy items” and lots of giveaways.

Ladies, hopefully you will get some great man-gift ideas, places to send or go with your man, cocktails to enjoy with your man, and witty commentary.

Men, we want you to feel welcome here. ASP is for all of us.

Perfect Mint Julep Recipe #mint #cocktails

So, let’s get this thing started right – with a killer cocktail and a fantastic giveaway!

One of our good friends works with a company that you are familiar with as a reader of A Spicy Perspective – Barn Light Electric Company.  If you recall, Barn Light is the company that we chose to replace all of the lighting in our kitchen remodel last year.

This friend, who knows my affection for interesting cocktail receptacles, recently introduced me to a new product being offered by Barn Light.  These retro Moscow Mule Copper Cocktail Cups are super cool.  Immediately after seeing them, I asked when could I have a few to start making cocktails!

After getting my set, I began trying concoctions out…  Not only do they hold your favorite beverage, but they look amazing.

These cups (and bowls) are made here in the USA out of solid copper.

So, upon trying several cocktails (including Moscow Mules), I knew the right one to feature these gorgeous cups would be a classic Mint Julep recipe. 

What could be better than the simple mixture of fresh mint, sugar and quality bourbon?!  Now I understand you have probably been to a Derby party and had some version of a Mint Julep recipe.  I bet you have even had one with some type of green colored mint liqueur and powdered sugar. 

No offense, but these cups are better than that.  Frankly, YOU’RE better than that!  

Awesome Mint Julep Recipe #mint #cocktails

A Mint Julep recipe should be all about the bourbon, with a hint of fresh mint and concentrated simple syrup (I like demerara or turbanado sugar – 2 parts sugar to 1 part water).  So this recipe (courtesy of my buddy Jon Ammons) is a classic that after a few will have you wanting to throw a few Benjamin’s down on the horse in lane 6!

What’s even better than a smoking Mint Julep recipe?  A giveaway of course!

Barn Light Electric is giving a set of their Moscow Mule cups away for you to make your own version of whatever cocktail you think fits them best.

Cheers!

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Mint Julep Recipe

Yield: 1 Mint Julep

Prep Time:3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5 – 6 fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ ounce concentrated simple syrup
  • 2 oz high proof bourbon (I prefer 4 Roses or Bulleit)
  • Shaved Ice
  • Mint leaf garnish

Directions:

  1. Put mint leaves in bottom of copper cups and add simple syrup. Lightly muddle simple syrup and mint (do not crust, just cover mint leaves with syrup and allow essence of mint to mix).
  2. Add bourbon then ice.  Use bar spoon to lightly stir mixture into ice.  Garnish top with mint leaves.

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Disclosure: Barn Light Electric provided the cups for this post. All opinions are our own.

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137 Responses to “Mint Julep + Giveaway”

  1. kateposted February 18, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Pimm’s cups!

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  2. ashleyposted February 18, 2014 at 5:54 am

    definitely a moscow mule! thanks.

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  3. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted February 18, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Great post Lt. Dan! This looks like a great Mint Julep!

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  4. Corinne B.posted February 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Some kind of spring drink

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  5. Julieposted February 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

    nice post – a mint julep would help think of Spring among all the snow in CT

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  6. Davidposted February 18, 2014 at 7:01 am

    This makes me ready for May 3rd

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  7. Linda K.posted February 18, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Southern Comfort old-fashioneds. Yum.

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  8. CindyMacposted February 18, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I sure do miss living in Kentucky! For whatever reason, you don’t see mint juleps offered very often in south Alabama. We need to change that don’t you think? :-)

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  9. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted February 18, 2014 at 7:11 am

    gorgeous! Love this southern cocktail

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  10. Janet Tposted February 18, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I would make a Pineapple Julep.

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  11. Ali @ Inspiralizedposted February 18, 2014 at 7:22 am

    What a great giveaway! I’ll be using these in my own food photography, and I’d love to serve up a Burbon drink!

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  12. DessertForTwoposted February 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I will definitely make a moscow mule in those gorgeous cups!

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  13. KateSposted February 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Oh yum! It is almost the mint julip season!! And I love Four Roses!! Such a fun place to visit!!

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  14. Anita Carol Gambrellposted February 18, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for this great true recipe! First off if I win these, the mint julep will be the first I make! Then of course my rum & coke will be great in them! Thank you for the chance of winning!

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  15. Lolly Bethposted February 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Going to fill these gorgeous cups with a Mexican Mule – made with premium tequila.

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  16. Tonya Justiceposted February 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Beautiful! These would look great at my annual Derby Party!

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  17. Dorothy Gardnerposted February 18, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Mmmmm, Bourbon…!

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  18. Pauline Gudasposted February 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I would love to try the mint julep.

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  19. Julie Turnerposted February 18, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Moscow mules for sure! Would love to try the mint julep! These would be a great addition to my bar cart ;)

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  20. Cindyposted February 18, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I’d love pimms cup in those beautiful copper cups.

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  21. Cathy Reppertposted February 18, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’m not much of a drinker but, my husband is. I think Brian would love to try this Mint Julep.

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  22. Rinaposted February 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Love these cups! Would be perfect for serving drinks during the summer!

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  23. Janposted February 18, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I’ll be serving mojitos.

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  24. latanyaposted February 18, 2014 at 8:29 am

    some country time lemonade

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  25. Danielleposted February 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I love to add bicardi 151 to strawberry lemonaid!

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  26. Brandonposted February 18, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Funny! A co-worker and I were just talking about how delicious Moscow Mules are. I hope I win!!

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  27. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted February 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Bourbon + ginger ale and honey! No idea what the proper name is, but doesn’t it sound refreshing?

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  28. Anne H.posted February 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Mint julep, of course

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  29. coriposted February 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Just a classic moscow mule for me!

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  30. Becki @ Bites 'n Brewsposted February 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Colorado Mules with bourbon from the local distillery!

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  31. Kristenposted February 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I think a Pimm’s cup would be first on the list, and very closely followed by either a Moscow Mule or a Dark & Stormy! Gorgeous cups!

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  32. julianneposted February 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

    i have a recipe for bourbon slush that a coworker gave me. would love to serve it up in these cups! thanks for the opportunity!

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  33. Jessie C.posted February 18, 2014 at 9:13 am

    moscow mule please!

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  34. Maureen Gposted February 18, 2014 at 9:13 am

    A Mint julep and the cups would look great with the copper I’ve collected all these years.

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  35. Karen Lynchposted February 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Those are such cups and the drink looks so refreshing. I think I would love to serve some Jalapeno lemonade.

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  36. Amandaposted February 18, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I would love a simple whiskey on ice!

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  37. Kristel at Stirring Things Upposted February 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Either a mint julep or my jalapeno vodka lemonade!

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  38. Erinposted February 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Looks delish and I also love Moscow Mules. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Carla Sposted February 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Most likely Mint Juleps but I would also like to try a Moscow Mule!

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  40. jessicaisbakingposted February 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Moscow mule! Love them!

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  41. itziaposted February 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

    hennessy and ginger ale!

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  42. Betsy Rposted February 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

    So many yummy drinks to choose from. I’ve never tried a julep so I guess I would start there.

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  43. Michele aka Goat Girlposted February 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Lemonade!

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  44. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted February 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I am a recent convert to Moscow Mules – I have always wanted those copper mugs, gorgeous!

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  45. Samanthaposted February 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

    a moscow mule for sure! and tons of other herb infused drinks. Kind of obsessed with them now!

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  46. Michelle M.posted February 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Mmmmoscow mules!

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  47. Sarahposted February 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Moscow mules of course, though a brandy old-fashioned wouldn’t go a miss.

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  48. Nancy Longposted February 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

    would definitely love to win these – mint juleps bring back memories of my first one at a Kentucky Colonels picnic the day after the Derby back in 1968! Ah, the memories of that day and what fun we had.

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  49. Kristina N.posted February 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I’ve been craving some warm weather so I would probably serve some nice caipirinhas in those!

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  50. Nancy Longposted February 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I follow you on Facebook

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  51. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted February 18, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Hello, Lt. Dan! This sounds fabulous. Now just bring on the warmer weather! :)

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  52. Nancy Longposted February 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I follow you on Pinterest

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  53. Nancy Longposted February 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

    just noticed you brand of bourbon, have never seen 4 Roses or Bulleit, will have to check them out – hubby’s fav is Wild Turkey 101 – I like Knob Creek

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  54. Sarahposted February 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I’d probably be super classy and drink wine out of them. :0) I’ve seriously been looking for cups like these for a while now, so now if I don’t win, I’ll at least know where I can get them!

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  55. Danielle @ TheCharmItSpotposted February 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

    This Mint Julep sounds delicious!! The fresh mint is probably what makes it taste so good. Thanks for sharing!

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  56. gina guthrieposted February 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This mint julep looks great, I would make this first!

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  57. Chrissyposted February 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Rootbeer Floats!

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  58. Anetta @ The Wanderlust Kitchenposted February 18, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I *love* these! So cute. I’d definitely rock a few mint juleps for my annual Southern Summer Party :)

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  59. Elizabethposted February 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

    It would definitely be your Mint Julep’s!

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  60. shari wposted February 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I think I would serve a nice cuppa Perrier for starters in these lovely cups u are gifting……… thank you for all these great recipes and give-aways too~~

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  61. Ronposted February 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

    rum and coke sounds good

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  62. Amy Tongposted February 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    These Barn Light Copper Cups are gorgeous. I can’t wait to try your Mint Julep and serve it in these cups. :)

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  63. Tamra Hposted February 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I’ll have a margarita, please :)

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  64. Courtney @ Neighborfoodposted February 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Love this new series! Fabulous idea…and we’re happy to have you Lt. Dan!

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  65. Pamela Bkaerposted February 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    If I were to win these cups I would use 2 for drinking different varieties of tea and would use the other 2 for decorative touches in the house. I have a copper ceiling fan in my “main” room, so they may end up being used there. So many ways I could use these copper cups.

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  66. maryposted February 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I love the Moscow Mule cocktail so that is what I would serve.

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  67. Sean Cposted February 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I’d pour a margarita in ‘em.

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  68. Alinaposted February 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I would love to make a Fuzzy’s Checkered Flag Lemonade and pour it in these lovely cups.

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  69. Sandy Headtkeposted February 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I would serve a non-alcoholic version

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  70. Gretchen Dalrympleposted February 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I would probably make my hubby a mint julep! Love these cups.

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  71. Saraposted February 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I love these cups! The recipe isn’t bad, either! Let’s hear it for Lt. Dan and some good Kentucky bourbon.

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  72. Saraposted February 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I would make a big old bourbon on the rocks in those cups!

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  73. Theresa Jposted February 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Never tried a mint julep but I think I would love to try it in new cups

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  74. Kristinaposted February 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    These cups are meant for a Moscow Mule!

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  75. Celiaposted February 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    We moved to KY two years ago and haven’t tried mint juleps yet. As soon as my mint comes up we’ll need to try these. Have you tried Buffalo Trace bourbon? It’s my husband’s new favorite.

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  76. Geraldyneposted February 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Pinas coladas :)

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  77. Kristen Mposted February 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I’m making your mint julep recipe first. Gosh I’m thirsty now!

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  78. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted February 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    It’s so nice to finally meet you. I know I’m not a man, but I love me a good cocktail and was super excited to hear about your weekly segment. Bourbon is one of my favorites, and mixed with mint–yum! Love those “manly” copper cups. Yes, I am better than the plastic cup. I’m a firm believer that cocktails taste better when enjoyed from a purdy, I mean manly, cup. Can’t wait for more!

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  79. Edieposted February 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Def making this mint julep recipe with some homegrown mint from my garden.

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  80. Edieposted February 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

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  81. Trishaposted February 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Those are so cool! Any drink with bourbon, it’s a favorite in our house, might have to try your mint julep, have never made one before.

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  82. Rustposted February 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    White russians.

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    • Rust — February 18th, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

      Kahlua, cream, and vodka. :)

      Reply

  83. MaryBposted February 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I’ll be serving Mint Juleps, for sure.

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  84. Casey @ Salted Platesposted February 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I love mint juleps but rarely make them, thanks for the inspiration once there is mint around again

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  85. Carmen Shafferposted February 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Love the Moscow Mule! Yummy!

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  86. stephanieposted February 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    never had a mint julep but would love to try it these cups

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  87. Luanne Curryposted February 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Love Mint Juleps! I just visited Makers Mark Distillery so I have plenty of Bourbon. Just need those copper cups!

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  88. yaseeposted February 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    root beer floats!!

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  89. SLGposted February 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Bourbon is our house liquor of choice, and I always keep a pot of fresh mint, so I’ll absolutely be making mint juleps!

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  90. Marsha Lynneposted February 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Moscow Mule would be my first choice. I had totally fogot about the , have not had one in over 30+ years.

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  91. Chantalposted February 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Something made of frozen berries and bananas and maybe ice cream… yum. I’m in a dessert mood.

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  92. Nikkiposted February 18, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    raspberry stoli and 7up

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  93. Kimberly Hposted February 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I would serve mojitos in them. Yum!

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  94. Danaposted February 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I would christen these glasses with my first mint julep.

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  95. Yazminposted February 19, 2014 at 12:57 am

    The set looks very chic and I would try the mint julip first!

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  96. Barbaraposted February 19, 2014 at 1:01 am

    My son, and favorite bartender, and his family just moved to New Orleans. I’d take these lovely cups along on our 1st visit this spring and have him make Lt. Dan’s fabulous mint julep in them. Then we’d sit a spell, chat, and catch up on family life. Hmmm, makes me feel happy just to think of it. Thanks for the recipe Lt. Dan, and for giving me something to look forward to during a particularly looong, cold, and snowy Wisconsin winter. :)

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  97. ~Bea~ [secretsfrommyapron]posted February 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Oh my goodness Sommer, I think I have had way to many of these at the horse races and rodeos..lol..but I would definitely still start out with ” The Mint Julep” then I would have to try the “Moscow Mule” and I love copper period especially cookware. It is just so expensive but it sure cooks great. The copper cups are beautiful!

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  98. Carrie Mposted February 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Whiskey

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  99. Betty Lynneposted February 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I plan to make Sommer’s amazing raspberry mojito in these cups for me and serve some ice cream for my kids in theirs!

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  100. Angie | Big Bear's Wifeposted February 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

    mmmm a Mint Julep of course!!!

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  101. Emily Sposted February 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Mint Julep!

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  102. David Bellposted February 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Margaritas

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  103. Lisa E. Frittsposted February 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Mint Julep! Your recipe!

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  104. Reneeposted February 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I have never had a Mint Julep before and I’d probably give that a try!

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  105. Tashaposted February 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

    We love to make Moscow Mules in copper mugs! Looking forward to trying this Mint Julep recipe when the weather breaks! Thanks Sommer!

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  106. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)posted February 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I’d have to inaugurate the cups with a mint julep!

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  107. shannonposted February 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I <3 mint juleps.

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  108. Mary Beth Eldertonposted February 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I might serve your mint julep!

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  109. Jayposted February 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Mint Julep

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  110. Desireeposted February 19, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Moscow Mule for sure – I’m newly obsessed after trying them for the first time a month or so ago!

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  111. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemonsposted February 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Definitely Moscow Mules – I love them!

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  112. Sahara Rposted February 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I am going to take the experts advice and will serve the Mint julep. :)

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  113. Debposted February 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Great

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  114. Brittany Koelmelposted February 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Mint Julep! your recipe looks great!

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  115. Joeposted February 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I’m always looking to try new drinks…this mint julep looks delicious! But, I would probably use these amazing copper mugs for my favorite drink, the moscow mule. Maybe even a cucumber mule.

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  116. Barbposted February 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Hard Lemonade

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  117. Terry Cposted February 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Moscow Mules… of course!

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  118. Julieposted February 19, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I have a big jar of strawberry-infused vodka in the freezer that I made this summer, so I’d make some strawberry Moscow Mules!

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  119. Audreyposted February 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Moved to a wonderful country Georgia home with a beautiful front porch and told my husband that I need to learn how to make a Mint Julep!!!!now I know how..thanks

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  120. LeShay Englishposted February 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Definitely going to try the mint julep!

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  121. Carolynposted February 20, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I did not like Mint Juleps the last time I tried them but you make me want to try again!

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  122. Amandaposted February 20, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I think the real question is, what WON’T I use these for? Because I will be using them for everything!!

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  123. Cassidyposted February 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I’m not sure yet what to do! MOst likely though the first things will be milk because my kids will be begging to use them!

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  124. Brianposted February 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Looks good!

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  125. Heather Fullerposted February 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I love a good mojito but I may have to try a mint julep as well!

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  126. Kierstenposted February 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Something with an amazing color! :)

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  127. Samanthaposted February 22, 2014 at 7:19 am

    MOJITOS!!

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  128. Tracyposted February 22, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I’m picturing them with mini ice cream sundaes….

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  129. Emily Schuermannposted February 22, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Cute cups!

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  130. Blaireposted February 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Love the copper!

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  131. Tajposted February 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

    mint juleps of course!

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  132. Kari Shifflettposted February 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Why a Moscow Mule of course!

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  133. Tina Wposted February 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I would make an actual Moscow Mule. (my neighbor has a lime tree!)

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  134. Tinaposted February 23, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Love the copper cups!

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  135. Tasha Dewposted February 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    An old fashioned would be great!

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  136. Annetteposted February 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I’d love to try this Mint Julep recipe in the cups.

    Reply

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