September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Celebrate by mixing up this twist on the Mint Julep, using Trail’s End Kentucky Bourbon.

A modern twist on a traditional cocktail, the Urban Herb Garden Julep combines a variety of herbs from the kitchen garden that complement the smooth, warm notes of our bourbon. Chocolate mint brings a hint of nutty cacao flavor while pineapple sage adds an essence of fruit, all balanced by the standard, but delicious, spearmint. Don’t let finding these exact herbs prevent you from making this cocktail. Choose a variety of your favorites with sweet and savory notes to pair with the classic mint and highlight the best of the bourbon.

Urban Herb Garden Julep cocktail on table with bar

Urban Herb Garden Julep

Photo by @LoriRice

Urban Herb Garden Julep

(Makes: 1 Cocktail)


  • 2 oz. Trail’s End Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 5 large Fresh Spearmint Leaves
  • 5 large Fresh Chocolate Mint Leaves
  • 5 large Fresh Pineapple Sage, or Pineapple Mint Leaves
  • Crushed Ice
  • Herb Leaves to Garnish

Preparation: Tear the mint leaves and place them in a cocktail shaker. Add the simple syrup and muddle the herbs with the syrup. Work the herbs well to extract their flavors. Add the bourbon and stir well. Fill a short cocktail glass with crushed ice. Strain the cocktail into the glass. Add more ice to build the ice over the rim. Garnish with herb leaves and serve.