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Mint julep in a clear glass surrounded by ice and mint.

The Best Mint Julep Recipe

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  • Author: Pate Giltner
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American


The Mint Julep is a fresh and minty bourbon cocktail, perfect for celebrating the Kentucky Derby!


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For the mint simple syrup: 

  1. 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves - 1 bunch
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup water

For the cocktail 

  1. 2 ounces bourbon
  2. 1.5 ounces mint simple syrup
  3. Mint sprig
  4. crushed ice


For the mint simple syrup

  1. Mix the 1 cup water with the 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint into a small pot. Simmer until sugar has dissolved and mint has been cooked. Let the mixture cool.

For the julep:

  1.  Mix 2 ounces of bourbon and 1 ounce of the mint simple syrup into a glass. Stir, add a mint sprig and fill with crushed ice. 


  • Try and make your simple syrup ahead of time, so it has time to thoroughly cool. You can make it a week ahead of time and store it in the fridge.
  • Mix your drink first and add the ice last. This drink is traditionally made by mixing everything together in a glass, adding the mint springs, and then topping it all off with ice.