Lavender Mint Juleps (Derby Cocktail)

Easy and delicious recipe for Lavender Mint Juleps, the perfect drink to enjoy while watching the Kentucky Derby!

Lavender Mint Juleps

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Hold Your Horses and grab some Lavender Mint Juleps, y’all! It’s time for a little Derby party inspiration and a darling free cocktail card you can print for your own party.

Mint juleps are the quintessential Southern cocktail enjoyed at the Kentucky Derby each year, so even if you’re watching at home (in your hat, of course), you can still sip in style with this lavender twist on the classic mint julep!

You might also like my popular Mint Julep Punch!

You’ll even find a free printable recipe card to enjoy!

Lavender Mint Juleps for a Kentucky Derby Party

Download + Print this Free Cocktail Card (below) for your Derby Party! Guests will love having the recipe.

Lavender Mint Juleps for a Kentucky Derby Party

Lavender is infused in the mint juleps (delish) but it also provided me with my color inspiration.

  • Royal purple striped straws
  • lilac in petite vases,
  • Lavender cake stand stand all provided touches of purple elegance to this sweet display.

I love pulling out an ingredient or small detail to drive the hues in a party set-up! It really ties everything together and here, I loved using purple!

Lavender Mint Juleps for a Kentucky Derby Party

If you ever see simple glass carafes, pick them up! They’re perfect for serving water (or more cocktails) and sometimes, they fit right into your color scheme.

I also used an old rustic horseshoe from my Grandfather (thanks to Mom for bringing it to me!) for a little table decoration!

Spray painted gold horses added a whimsical touch and a petite vase holding a four-leaf clover was a final touch of luck!

Lavender Mint Juleps for a Kentucky Derby Party
Lavender Mint Juleps for a Kentucky Derby Party

Print Your own Cocktail Card for Lavender Mint Juleps!

Hope y’all love these simple but darling ideas for hosting a Derby Party – or tailgating at the races!

The lavender simple syrup gives an aromatic floral touch to these sweet mint juleps. It’s the perfect combination!

How to make Lavender Simple Syrup

1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lavender blossoms

Combine water, sugar, and lavender blossoms into a saucepan. Bring simple syrup mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Allow to simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup sit, about 30 minutes.

Strain out the lavender blossoms and store in an airtight container for use in this mint julep or for other recipes (cakes, sorbets, etc).

Lavender Mint Juleps for a sweet Derby Party

Lavender Mint Julep

A refreshing lavender twist on the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail, the mint julep!
SERVINGS 1 cocktail


  • 6 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces lavender simple syrup
  • 3 ounces bourbon whiskey


  • Fill glass with mint leaves and lavender simple syrup. Muddle until leaves are crushed.
  • Fill glass with crushed ice and top with whiskey.
  • Garnish with a lavender sprig or mint leaf.


Calories: 353kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 36mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Thank you so much, Courtney! It looks so fabulous!! You can make the most ordinary things look beautiful! Great job! :)

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