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Coconut Oil Washed Mint Julep

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It’s 92 degrees, and all I want is a bourbon cocktail…

But I’ve always found making summer cocktails with bourbon somewhat challenging, as I usually don’t mix bourbon with what most people presume to be summer ingredients – watermelon, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, etc. When I think of summer cocktails with Bourbon, personally, I think the classic Mint Julep is the way to go. The fresh mint-whiskey concoction is super easy to make and very rejuvenating. Even better, the lack of syrups and other liqueurs in it holds the “taint” away from the bourbon and keeps the drink relatively boozy – just the way I like my whiskey cocktails.

Speaking of boozy Juleps and summer cocktails, last week I was playing around with the idea of a coconut mint julep – a signature cocktail we had to create for an upcoming birthday soiree next month. This was the perfect time to try a technique I have been wanting to attempt for a long time – washing liquor with fat. DON’T LEAVE THE PAGE YET! While this sounds rather weird or borderline disguising, “washing” alcohol with fats (and oils) is an excellent way to infuse without over seasoning, while adding a unique (thicker) texture to the spirit and balancing the overall flavor. From duck fat to brown butter and everything in between, everything goes, as long as you have imagination and a thirst for creative cocktails.

Our coconut variation of the classic Mint Julep was loaded with coconut oil washed bourbon.

coconut mint julep

The coconut-bourbon wash was easy to make, and it made the perfect base for this Julep spin off. And just for good measure, I added a touch Aperol and a single drop of orange bitter to make things pop.
Boozy and refreshing, with just a hint of coconut and unique mouthfeel, this is an easy summer fixer and another bar quality cocktail you can make at home or feature at your bar.

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Coconut Oil Washed Mint Julep


  • 2 oz Coconut Oil Washed Bourbon (recipe below)
  • 8-10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 0.25 oz Agave Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Aperol
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters


  1. Add the mint and simple syrup in a glass

  2. Lightly muddle the mint to extract the flavor

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and top with crushed ice

  4. Stir well to combine all ingredients and top with more crushed ice to form a nice looking dome

  5. Garnish with mint leave and dehydrated citrus

  6. Add a couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters on top of the ice dome

Coconut Oil Washed Bourbon


  • Coconut Oil
  • Bourbon


  1. Melt 3/4 cups of coconut oil in the microwave
  2. Combine the melted coconut oil and 750 ml. of bourbon in a sealable jar
  3. Seal and let it sit over night (shake occasionally if you can)
  4. Put the mixture in the freezer and keep until frozen (the bourbon will not freeze, but the coconut oil will, forming a solid layer on the top of the jar)
  5. Using a spoon or another utensil, carve a hole in the frozen coconut oil layer so you can drain the bourbon out
  6. Drain the bourbon through a cheesecloth covered sieve to discard all solids. Viola
What is your favorite Mint Julep spin off? Leave a comment in the section below to let us know or Instagram your creation and hashtag it #barqualitycocktailsmadeathome



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