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Best Mint Juleps in Puget Sound

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The Kentucky Derby is about to get underway in early May. You can don a wide-brimmed hat, and head out to one of these Seattle area restaurants for Kentucky’s favorite spring cocktail, the Mint Julep.

Kingfish Café
602 19th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112
206.320.8757
http://www.thekingfishcafe.com

The closest thing to Southern comfort foods this side of the Mississippi. Born in Seattle to Southern parents, sisters Laurel and Leslie Coaston have turned family recipes and Southern favorites into mouthwatering died-and-gone-to-heaven dishes for the rest of us. Kingfish’s Mint Julep is one of their signature cocktails, as any good Southerner knows. Crafted with Makers Mark, fresh mint, simple syrup, and a splash of water, enjoy it with your mac and cheese and southern fried yams.

Toulouse Petit
601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98119
206.432.9069
http://www.toulousepetit.com

A Queen Anne favorite featuring a late night happy hour, New Orleans cuisine, and a fabulous cocktail list. Toulouse Petit brings the Big Easy to Seattle. Their Mint Julep, on their French Quarter Libations menu, is made with bourbon, fresh mint and sugar and is muddled to perfection.

Tin Room Bar & Grill
923 Southwest 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
206.242.8040

Just south of Seattle sits a neighborhood pub that’s been recognized by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, CityVoter and Zagat! Tin Room & Bar serves up comfort meals like blackened chicken sandwiches, barbecued burgers smothered in toppings and old fashioned meatloaf, grilled with bourbon mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes. Their Mint Juleps are part of their spring cocktail menu – crafted with fresh mint leaves, muddled with sugar, bourbon and ice before shaking and serving.

New Orleans Creole Restaurant
114 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
206.622.2563
http://www.neworleanscreolerestaurant.com

New Orleans Creole Restaurant is located in historic Pioneer Square, and features Creole and Cajun food. Pop in for jambalaya, oysters, gumbo and delicious NW seafood accented with Cajun spices. Their Richard Beal’s Mint Julep is served up minty and frosty, and just right. Plus, enjoy live jazz, blues, zydeco and Dixieland every night.

Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen – Opening June, 2012
5309 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
http://www.kickinboot.com

Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen will serve wood-fired, prime-cut steaks, house-smoked meats and barbecue, and savory Southern favorites like fried chicken or shrimp and grits. With an extensive, hand-selected whiskey list and classic cocktails, you can bet your boots there will be cool Mint Juleps on the menu to go with your full-service Southern meal.

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