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Afternoon Porch Juleps

Afternoon Porch Juleps

Imagine the warm, afternoon sun shining down on the trees while you sit comfortably in a rocking chair on your back porch, enjoying the gentle breeze from the cool, crisp air.  Rounding out the afternoon, you sip from a crushed ice Mint Julep topped with fresh mint from your patio garden, served in a traditional silver julep cup, complete with your cocktail napkin of choice.

I created this mix to give you that old Southern, sitting on the porch feel.  The songs have that sort of twangy, Southern bluegrass / guitar sound, but some of them also bring a new, indie vibe to the table. 

Find the recipe below and use this Spotify playlist when you have friends over for afternoon drinks in your backyard or when alone on the porch after a long day as you imbibe an ice cold beverage.


Classic Mint Julep | Recipe


  • 2 oz. Bulleit Rye bourbon (or your bourbon of choice)
  • 6-7 mint leaves
  • 1 oz. hot water
  • 2 Demerara sugar cubes
  • 1 mint sprig, garnish



Dissolve the sugar cubes using hot water in your glass of choice (I prefer these: Monogrammed Mint Julep Cup OR Old Fashioned Crystal Glass).  Add the mint leaves to the glass and muddle them.  Pour the bourbon into the glass and stir together with the other ingredients.  Using a Lewis Ice Bag and Mallet, crush a handful of ice and fill the glass with the crushed ice.  Add a mint sprig and a straw, grab your favorite cocktail napkin (I love these mint marbled ones by Toot Sweet), and enjoy!

Afternoon Porch Juleps | Playlist

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