Southern Mint Julep
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Serves: recipe for 1, 8oz drink
This southern drink is smooth, refreshing and as classic as the Kentucky Derby itself! Enjoy during the race or on any hot summer day.
What to get:
  • dozen fresh mint sprigs (some for making simple syrup & garnishing)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (for simple syrup)
  • 1 cup distilled water (for simple syrup)
  • 2 oz Kentucky Bourbon/per drink (I use Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon)
  • ½ oz water/drink
  • crushed ice
  • *silver julep cups, 8oz (optional)
What to do:
  1. Pre-chill metal or mint julep cups in freezer.
  2. Make simple syrup in small pan on stove by adding 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar with 3 mint sprigs, heating on low until sugar is dissolved, remove from stove & cool.
  3. In a pre-chilled cup add ½ oz of the mint simple syrup (strained), and several fresh mint leaves (smashing them inside bottom of cup with back of a spoon).
  4. Then add crushed ice to fill about ¾ way up glass.
  5. Next add 2 oz Kentucky bourbon and ½ oz water and a fresh mint sprig for garnish.
  6. Serve immediately, and repeat above for each drink.
This is a quick drink to make, and I like to make the mint simple syrup ahead and store remaining in the refrigerator. The leftover syrup also goes great in iced tea (I keep a sprig of mint in the syrup when storing). Crushed ice makes this drink, so if you don’t have crushed ice maker, I just crush some cubes with a rolling pin!
Recipe by the dinnervine at