We here at Sprudge are big fans of Either/Or, a quality coffee bar in Portland, Oregon’s sleepy Sellwood neighborhood. In addition to serving a classic coffee menu, the folks at Either/Or run a monthly rotating signature drink special, featuring past drinks like a Cascara Negroni and a Coffee Old Fashioned. It’s a program that keeps us coming back for more.

For May 2015, they’re offering a Coffee Mint Julep made from cold brew Ethiopia Guji, roasted by Roseline Coffee right here in Portland. The Coffee Mint Julep was created to celebrate Derby Day, during which Either/Or staff donned bow-ties and fancy hats. The drink combines the cold brew with a house-made mint syrup and is served in a stainless steel julep cup, garnished with a giant sprig of mint. The Guji cold brew is distinctly chocolatey, and the drink is an exercise in balance. It’s perfectly refreshing.


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“It tastes like coffee mint chocolate chip ice cream,” says Either/Or barista Julie Austin. And you know what? It really does. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s how to make your own version of the Coffee Mint Julep:

4 ounces of cold brew
Ice crushed with a mallet
Minted simple syrup to taste
Fresh mint sprig

1. Place coarsely crushed ice in a stainless steel julep vessel (only handle the tops and bottom to achieve that classic julep frost on the cup).

2. Add four ounces of cold brew and a splash of mint simple syrup.

3. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

4. Sip and enjoy thusly.


The folks at Either/Or make their juleps en masse; the recipe you see above is merely an approximation created by Sprudge Labs. For exact amounts and for Either/Or’s exclusive minted simple syrup recipe, I recommend visiting them the next time you’re in Portland! And be sure to try one of the sodas too. They make really good sodas.

Zachary Carlsen is a co-founder and editor. Read more ZC on Sprudge.

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