Mint Julep Cocktail

The Kentucky Derby will be here this weekend & even though I have never been to THE infamous Kentucky Derby, I have always envied the ladies who get dolled up in the cutest dresses & over-sized hats. Finding the perfect attire for the Kentucky Derby is def. very important, but also deciding what drink(s) to bring to the Derby is just as important IMO. 

The traditional Mint Julep has been associated with the Kentucky Derby since 1938 & is their signature drink. The four ingredients are mint leaves, bourbon, sugar & water. Now this girl doesn't do bourbon, but I can certainly do gin, so I decided to put together a simple refreshing recipe for all your gin lovers out there. 


10 Mint Leaves
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1/4 OZ Lime Juice
1/4 OZ Lemon Juice
2 OZ Gin
Crushed Ice

Take your mint leaves & muddle them in the bottom of a glass.
Add your lemon + lime juice, sugar & ice.
Followed by your Gin of choice.
Mix together & add a mint spring to make it look pretty!

Last night, my mom & I enjoyed this tasty concoction & it was absolutely delicious. My mom added more sugar then it called for to make it sweeter. & I left it as is, since I tend to like my drinks a little more on the tart side. I am looking forward to enjoying one of these refreshing drinks poolside this summer!

Back when I was in college, I attended Carolina Cup & even though I don't remember much, aka I had wayyyy too much to drink thanks to my pineapple + vodka mixture,  I do remember that toilet paper wasn't the softest & was scarce by the end of the night. Now, if I could go back & do it all over again I would certainly bring my own Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths & I wouldn't have to worry about not having soft toilet paper or not having any toilet paper at all. I actually use the Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths on a daily basis - I throw the little packets in my purse & always have them on the go with me, especially when I am at events or traveling.

Ok, so you are probably wondering why I am talking about Cottonelle, or toilet paper in general right? Let me explain before you get all weirded out! Cottonelle is one of the major sponsors of the Kentucky Derby & they are having a huge sweepstakes called the Cottonelle Great Finish Sweepstakes. They are rewarding Americans with a year supply of Cottonelle products should the No. 1 and No. 2 positioned racehorses place in that order during the Kentucky Derby. 

If you are looking to get in on the action you can sign up at the Cottonelle website. The first 15,000 entrants to sign up will be awarded a year’s supply of Cottonelle toilet paper and flushable cleansing cloths if the outcome aligns.

How to enter the Cottonelle Great Finish Sweepstakes:

1. Visit the Cottonelle landing page.
2. Click on the Cottonelle Great Finish Giveaway
3. Click on "Sign up now"
4. Register for the Cottonelle Updates website

Even though, I love a tasty drink for game day, I also love feeling fresh and clean while drinking that drink! :) 

Disclosure: "This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their flushable wipes is all my own! Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Let It Be Beautiful shine!"