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Classic Mint Julep Recipe

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Ingredients for a Mint Julep Cocktail

Ingredients for a Mint Julep Cocktail

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Anyone who is into horse racing will be familiar with this one as it is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby during which some 80,000 juleps are served. Traditionally, Mint Juleps are served in silver or pewter cups and held by the handle or rim in order for the cup to obtain optimum frost, but they work just as well in any tall glass.

Beyond the bourbon, sugar, and mint, the only other requirement for this drink is crushed ice. Any other form of ice will not create the same effect, so take the time to create a nice mound of crushed ice before mixing this cocktail.

As an alternative to muddling the mint and sugar cube you can also infuse a sugar syrup with mint. With this much bourbon in a drink, slow sipping is the appropriate way to imbibe.

There are also many variations of this popular cocktail and some of those are listed below the recipe.

View video: How to Make a Mint Julep

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Place the mint and simple syrup or sugar into a julep cup, collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass.
  2. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint.
  3. Add the bourbon.
  4. Fill with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosty.
  5. Garnish with the mint sprig.

Variations of the Mint Julep:

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