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Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

How to Make Mint Julep 

Firstly, what is a mint julep cocktail? It's a cocktail made with bourbon and is best known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. 

Mint Julep Cocktail.
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Mint Julep Ingredients

  • bourbon whisky (or whiskey)
  • mint leaves
  • simple sugar syrup (or powdered granulated sugar)
  • crushed ice

A simple sugar syrup is made by heating sugar and water 2 parts sugar to 1 part water.

Why are Julep Cups Traditionally Silver?

Traditionally, the Mint Julep cocktail is served in silver mint julep cocktail cups for optimum frost. 

The Mint Julep's signature serving glass is a miniature version of the silver cups won by jockeys at the Kentucky Derby.

But don't fuss if you don't have a silver cup, I haven't! 😃

It'll taste just as good in any glass. The glass I used is a tall crystalline bubble glass by Judge. Why are they called bubble glasses? Because there's a bubble in the bottom - I love them!

What is the difference between a mint julep and a mint mojito?

A mint mojito is a shaken Cuban cocktail made with white rum, mint, sugar, soda water, and lime.

While mint julep is usually made directly in a cocktail glass or a julep cup and contains mint, simple syrup, and bourbon whiskey.

Mint julep cocktail.

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Author: Jan Bennett
Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Mint Julep is a bourbon cocktail best known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 75ml / 2.5 ounces bourbon whisky
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons (½ ounce) of granulated sugar - powdered (or make a simple sugar syrup, see how below)
  • ice cubes - crushed


To make sugar syrup - you
  1. Dissolve 200 g sugar in 100 ml water over low heat, don't let it boil. Leave to cool completely before using it in your cocktail. It will keep in an air-tight bottle in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Prepare the crushed ice before you begin
  1. Crush the ice cubes between a clean folded tea towel or zip-lock bag and bash with a suitably bashable item such as a rolling pin. A food processor will be overkill and you'll end up with slush.
  2. Put 6 mint leaves and sugar (or sugar syrup) into your glass and muddle well to dissolve the sugar and release the oil and aroma of the mint.
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosty. Garnish with a couple of fresh mint sprigs and serve.

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