Celebrate Dual Holidays with this Cinco de Mayo-Inspired Mint Julep

Celebrate Dual Holidays with this Cinco de Mayo-Inspired Mint Julep

Pix and Story: Anastacia Uriegas

Today is Cinco de Derby, Derby de Mayo, or whatever you decide to name this insane day when two of the year’s most festive holidays converge. The country is celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the day when Mexican armies defeated the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, with margaritas. Simultaneously, fans of the Kentucky Derby are wearing large hats and sipping on icy mint juleps. What we’ve done is combine the two worlds into one cocktail in order to honor both celebrations in the form of a mezcal-based mint julep (which also substitutes agave syrup for simple syrup.)

It’s super simple to make! You’ll combine mezcal, lime juice, agave syrup and a handful of freshly-slapped mint (this helps release the fragrant oils) with crushed ice. Most of us don’t have access to proper crushed ice so you can either use the crushed ice setting on your blender (if you over blend you’ll end up with fine snow, no bueno). Alternatively, you can hit up your nearest Sonic “America’s Drive-In” for the ultimate machine-made pebble ice, you know the kind with a soft bite to it. Next, you’ll swizzle the ingredient by holding either a swizzle stick (or bar spoon) between your hands and rubbing them back and forth like you’re trying to start a fire at camp. The drink is finished by adding another scoop of crushed ice and garnishing with a bouquet of aromatic mint and a lime wheel. If the drink sounds overly boozy, just remember that the ice will melt and dilute as you drink!

And they’re off! (To enjoy this delicious drink.)

Derby de Mayo Julep


1  1/2 oz Mezcal
1/2 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Agave Syrup
Bunch of Fresh Mint



Rocks, Old Fashioned Glass, or Julep Cup
Crushed Ice (this is easily done with a blender)
Swizzle Stick or Barspoon
Mint & Lime Wheel for Garnish



1. Combine mezcal, agave syrup, and lime juice in your glass.
2. Slap a small handful of mint and add it to the julep cup.
3. Cover with crushed ice and swizzle.
4. Top with more crushed ice garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.