Recipe By Allrecipes
Published Sep 12th
Prep 10m Cook - Additional - Ready In 10m
Servings 1 cocktail Calories 186.8

The Mint Julep deserves to be enjoyed all summer long, so do yourself a favor and try this refreshing classic cocktail before and after the Kentucky Derby.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 2 ½ fluid ounces bourbon whiskey
  • crushed ice, divided
  • 1 sprig fresh mint for garnish

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Chill a julep cup in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Place mint leaves and simple syrup in the chilled julep cup; mash well with a cocktail muddler. Pour in bourbon and 1/2 cup crushed ice. Stir until chilled and top with remaining 1/2 cup ice.
  3. 3 Garnish with fresh mint.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 186.8
  • Carbohydrate 3.4 g
  • Protein 0.1 g
  • Sodium 8.3 mg

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Chef's Notes

You can substitute confectioner's sugar for simple syrup.


  1. This is a pretty strong drink. I made it the way it is written the first time but then on the second go-around I added 1/2 of a lime 2 tsp of simple syrup and 1/4 cup of sparking (lime/mint flavored) water. This 2nd version tasted much better in my opinion.
  2. I am wondering if 1 teaspoon was supposed to be 1 tablespoon. Basically it is straight bourbon otherwise. We kept working on the formula and decided we liked more mint and more syrup. Of course by the 5th round we thought they were excellent. It turned out to be an epic Derby Day. Maybe some - Read more ...
  3. This is a nice stiff drink. I drank a few sips as is then decided to add a splash of Diet 7Up for bubbles. CHEERS Alrecipes!