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Traditionally served in a silver cup with crushed ice and a sprig of mint, cool down this summer with a chilled Mint Julep. The bourbon based American South influenced libation is created with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and water, and is the perfect summer refresher and an official drink of the IBA (International Bar Association). The following are a few places in Orange County where bartenders will gladly create the spirit with a touch of Southern charm.
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(credit: Jarred Dooley)


The Playground DTSA
220 E 4th St #102
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 560-4444
www.playgrounddtsa.com

In downtown Santa Ana, The Playground DTSA serves up something special for their version of a Mint Julep. Made with Russell’s 10 year Reserve, maple, and mint, the bartenders at this local haunt will blow you away with their take on this Southern Classic cocktail. The bartenders here are also known to partake in the occasional riff on the classic and make their special Midnight Julep with Russell’s 10 year Reserve, Crème de Casis, ginger, lime and mint courtesy of their amazing resident mixologist Joe Valdovinos.

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Flemings Prime Steakhouse
455 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 720-9633
www.flemingssteakhouse.com

If you’re looking to impress your date and tantalize your taste buds, order a delicious Mint Julep at Flemings. While the drink is not found on the bar menu, the bartenders are skilled enough to create this minty refreshment. Located in Newport beach, the warm, cozy atmosphere of Flemings is the perfect setting for this cocktail as well. Order a Mint Julep as a conversation starter and rejoice in the layers of flavors of bourbon and mint mixed with sugar.

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(credit: Fig & Olive)


FIG & OLIVE
151 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA
(949) 877-3005
www.figandolive.com

With locations throughout Southern California, FIG & OLIVE serves delicious fare as well as their own take on the southern drink. Their Fig & Walnut Julep shakes things up and is comprised of Bourbon, St. Germain, Port, muddled Black Mission figs, mint, and fresh citrus garnished with shaved walnuts. It’s simply delicious.

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(credit: Nina P./Yelp)


Mint Julep Bar
Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565
www.disneyland.com

Make it a family affair and enjoy Disneyland’s version of the flavorful cocktail minus the alcohol at the Mint Julep Bar in the French Quarter. Summer afternoons can be scorchers at this famous park and this cool frosty drink is a perfect way to quench your thirst when parched from the heat. And, although it does not contain alcohol, it’s still worth every penny.

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(credit: Bonnie P./Yelp)


Harlow’s
31111 Rancho Viejo Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 240-8100
www.harlowscuisine.com

With tasty drinks, the bar is center stage at Harlow’s in San Juan Capistrano. Taking you back in time to the prohibition era, bartenders at this speak easy bar show off their cutting edge styles in mixology. Using locally grown mint is the key to the delicious taste of this Julep. To make this fabulous drink, bartenders muddle the fresh herb, add 2 oz. of bourbon, crushed ice, and house made simple syrup. Remember to hold the silver cup at the bottom lip of glass so not to warm up the cocktail.

What are your favorite mint juleps in Orange County? Share in the comments below!
Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in Orange County. You can find her at @sunnynsocal or on Facebook.
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