A classic of Southern mixology, this glorious cocktail is a tradition for Kentucky Derby Day, when everyone enjoys these delightful, mint infused beverages.

Mint Julep

Mint Julep
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Cups water (branch water is ideal)
  • fresh mint
  • crushed ice
  • Kentucky Bourbon (2 ounces per serving)
  1. Make a simple mint syrup* by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes; cool. Place in a covered container with 6 or 8 bruised mint sprigs. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 hours.
  2. Make a julep by filling a julep cup* or glass with crushed ice, then adding 1 tablespoon of mint syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost outside of cup or glass.
  3. * This makes enough syrup for about 44 juleps.
  4. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.
Extra Tips:

Always use a premium Kentucky bourbon.

Use crushed or shaved ice and pack in cup.

To bruise mint, place in a cup and gently pass the back of a spoon between cup and the leaves a time or two. You want the mint to release some of the fragrant oils.

Add a straw cut to protrude just above the rim of the cup and serve. You should be able to get a faint whiff of the mint sprig when you're sipping.

Keep the covered syrup in the refrigerator (after removing the mint leaves) if you don't plan on drinking all the servings.

Try our Non-Alcoholic version, the Kentucky Derby Julep


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