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Celebrating National Mint Julep Day with a Cannabis Twist

Happy National Mint Julep Day to all our Blunt Talkers! The mint julep, a classic cocktail known for its refreshing minty flavor and bourbon base, is a staple of Southern hospitality and a favorite for warm weather and outdoor gatherings. Let’s take a moment to delve into the history of this beloved drink before we introduce a cannabis-infused version perfect for your celebration.

The History of the Mint Julep

The mint julep’s origins date back to the 18th century. Initially, it was considered a medicinal concoction used to treat stomach ailments and sore throats. The word "julep" itself is derived from the Persian word "gulab," meaning rosewater. As the drink evolved, it became a popular choice among farmers and then among the Southern elite. By the early 19th century, the mint julep had become a symbol of Southern culture and hospitality.

The drink's association with the Kentucky Derby began in 1938 when Churchill Downs named the mint julep the official drink of the event. Each year, nearly 120,000 mint juleps are served at the Derby over the two-day event, making it an enduring symbol of American tradition and celebration.

Cannabis-Infused Mint Julep Recipe

Now, let’s elevate this classic cocktail with a cannabis twist. Using a cannabis tincture, we can infuse the mint julep with the benefits of cannabis, creating a refreshing and relaxing drink that’s perfect for any Memorial Day celebration.


- 10 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish

- 1 teaspoon sugar

- 2 teaspoons water

- Crushed ice

- 2 ounces bourbon

- 1-2 droppers of cannabis tincture (adjust according to your desired potency)

- Mint sprig for garnish


1. In a julep cup or glass, muddle the mint leaves with the sugar and water to release the mint oils. This step is crucial for that authentic mint julep flavor.

2. Add 1-2 droppers of cannabis tincture to the mixture, ensuring it is well-distributed. Adjust the amount based on your desired potency and tolerance.

3. Fill the cup with crushed ice. Crushed ice is essential as it cools the drink quickly and melts slowly, maintaining the drink's strength.

4. Pour the bourbon over the ice and stir well until the cup becomes frosty on the outside. This helps to mix the ingredients thoroughly and chill the drink evenly.

5. Garnish with a mint sprig for that classic presentation. Enjoy your cannabis-infused mint julep responsibly.

As always, enjoy your cannabis-infused mint julep responsibly. Ensure you are in a safe environment and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery after consuming cannabis.

Celebrate National Mint Julep Day with this elevated twist on a classic cocktail and share your experiences with us in the comments below. Cheers to a refreshing and relaxing holiday!

Stay tuned to The Blunt Talk blog for more cannabis recipes

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