[image-1] Started in 2013 by Louisville Tourism (home of the Derby and beaucoup bourbon), and now hosted by Garden & Gun with partners Maker’s Mark and Bourbon Country, Mint Julep Month is an annual, nation-wide celebration of the mint julep running April 4-May 4. Hundreds of bars across the country participate with special events and custom cocktails.
This year, Edmund’s Oast head bartender and master mixologist Jayce McConnell is one of the campaign’s featured bartenders; you can try his Carthusian Julep, made with Maker’s, mint leaves, crushed ice, and chartreuse at EO. Interested in an urban bourbon, off to the races crawl? Check out these 10 restaurants slinging their take on the famed big-hat drink in honor of Mint Julep Month:
We’ve Got to Live, No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen Julep
103 Spring St.
(843) 817-7311. wildcommoncharleston.com
An “uncommon take” on the classic with green chartreuse and Tesseron Lot 90 XO cognac instead of bourbon, plus lemon juice, citrus caramel syrup, and fresh mint.
Blood Orange Julep
32B North Market St.
(843) 937-8666. 5Churchcharleston.com
Made with fresh-squeezed orang juice, Maker’s, lime, lots of mint and “imported sugars.”
Zero Restaurant + Bar
The Tin It to Win It Julep
0 George St.
(843) 817-7900. zerorestaurantcharleston.com
Bourbon, spiced coriander syrup, demerara syrup, cilantro, and mint.
167 East Bay St.
(843) 414-7661. tradds.com
Stick with the standards — made with Maker’s, lime simple syrup, and muddled mint.
The Churned Julep
4 Cannon St.
(843) 302-8825. thegrocerycharleston.com
An emulsified butter syrup adds a rich, creamy texture with just a hint of lime that brightens the cocktail.
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The Derby Blues
1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
(843) 766-0223. msroses.com
A take on the classic, made with muddled blueberries and lemon, plus Maker’s, mint, and honey syrup.
The Dark Horse
76 Queen St.
(843) 577-2500. huskrestaurant.com
This take on the julep features Maker’s cask strength, Branca Menta, angostura amaro, and mint.
Home Team BBQ
Strawberry Rhubarb Julep
126 Williman St.
(843) 225-7427. hometeambbq.com
The Strawberry Rhubarb Julep combines Maker’s with rhubarb and lightly pickled strawberry syrup.
186 Concord St.
(843) 722-8100. fleetlanding.net
Twist on the classic with Maker’s, orgeat, amaro, muddled mint, and club soda.
Burwell’s Stonefire Grill
Thoroughbred Named Mark
14 N Market St.
This julep combines Maker’s with locally grown Kentucky Colonel mint, plus a splash of house-made ginger beer.