Lavender Julep

It’s a rare day that I post a recipe the same day that I made something but I’m sitting here drinking this lavender julep and I just had to share the recipe with you ASAP. I’m a bourbon girl, what can I say? There’s little I love more than a frosty julep glass and a bourbon cocktail on a hot day.

Lavender Julep Cocktail Kentucky Derby Bourbon

This is a spin on the classic mint julep. Here, bourbon is mixed with a homemade lavender simple syrup (it’s so easy!) and garnished with a fresh lavender sprig from my garden. (Side bar: if you don’t grow lavender already, try it! It’s such an easy herb to grow and it makes the whole yard smell like a spa when the wind blows.)

Lavender Julep Cocktail Kentucky Derby Bourbon
Can we talk about this stunning simple syrup COLOR?

Lavender Julep Cocktail Kentucky Derby Bourbon

If you’ve never made simple syrup before, don’t fret. It isn’t hard. It’s easy to make as much or as little as you need. I wrote this up for 1 cup of simple syrup but I actually made half a cup (with 2 Tbsp lavender) today. Just multiply as needed!

Lavender Julep Cocktail Kentucky Derby Bourbon

Lavender Julep Cocktail Kentucky Derby Bourbon

This recipe uses culinary lavender, which I talk about a lot here on The Rose Table. (Can you say #fangirl?) I bought a bag for about $10 on Amazon last year and I haven’t made a dent in it. It keeps forever so get yourself a bag and come over to the purple side! We’ve got juleps!

Lavender Julep Cocktail Kentucky Derby Bourbon
Lavender Julep
Serves 1
2 oz bourbon (I used Still Austin Whiskey Co.)
3/4 oz lavender simple syrup
Fresh lavender sprig
Finely crushed ice

  1. Fill julep glasses with crushed eyes, a straw, and a fresh lavender sprig. Pour bourbon and lavender simple syrup over ice and stir.

Lavender Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 Tbsp dried culinary lavender

  1. Bring sugar, water, and lavender buds to a boil in a small sauce pan until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool and strain to remove the lavender buds. The simple syrup will be a gorgeous purple hue. Keep it in a jar for up to a week.

Want more Kentucky Derby party ideas? Read about my Derby party here and get my recipe for a classic Mint Julep here.

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Lavender Julep Cocktail Kentucky Derby Bourbon


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. How beautiful is this post on lavender Julep! Gorgeous images and amazing to have Lavender growing in your back yard too.. We’ve been meaning to go visit the lavender fields here in Toronto!

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      Thank you so much! It’s quite easy to grow here in Texas. I have a ton of plants in my backyard and it smells terrified when the wind blows. 🙂

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