Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

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Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

A Mint Julep is a traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, which is why it is so popular. There are tens of thousands of Mint Juleps served at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and millions more are consumed by fans watching the race across the nation. A Mint Julep is a delicious drink all year round due to the balanced combination of sweet, smoky, and herbal flavors. In addition to the bourbon, sugar, and mint, this cocktail also needs crushed ice for a perfect mixing effect.

Other forms of ice won’t do the trick, so take the time to create an excellent pile of crushed ice before mixing it up. The traditional way to serve mint juleps is in silver or pewter cups held by the handles or rim to maintain the optimum frost. This can, however, simply be done in a tall glass filled with ice water.


  • Make sure your mint is well mixed. It is not the intent to tear the leaves into pieces, but to release the essential oils. You should be careful to stir the drink gently until it reaches a frosty state once it is built.
  • For the simple fact that bourbon is the only liquid in the Julep, you should always choose a more expensive brand.
  • It is a good idea to gently slap the mint sprig before garnishing it with it in order to release the oils.
  • If you would rather not muddle the mint and sugar, you would be better off infusing it with simple syrup.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe is 5 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe is 181 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.


  • julep cup

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 2 cubes sugar or 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 4 to 5 mint sprigs (leaves only)
  • mint sprig (for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  • In a julep cup, place the mint leaves and sugar or simple syrup.
  • To release the oil and aroma of the mint, muddle it well together with the sugar.
  • Add the bourbon.
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir it well until the glass becomes frosty.
  • Finish it with a mint sprig garnish then serve it with a straw. Enjoy.

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