Mint Julep (The best way to Make a Mint Julep)


This traditional Mint Julep recipe is aromatic and scrumptious made with bourbon, muddled mint leaves, and easy syrup for the proper Kentucky Derby drink,

mint julep in a glass garnished with fresh mint.

Mint Julep Season!

Tis the season, buddies! Spring has sprung right here in Minneapolis, and the Kentucky Derby is correct round nook, which has us craving a mint julep cocktail. Our tackle a mint julep is made with a easy syrup, bourbon, and muddled mint — and it’s oh really easy to make. We’ll stroll you thru it!

What’s a Mint Julep?

A mint julep is a cocktail made primarily of bourbon, with sugar and mint, served over ice. It’s generally related to the Kentucky Derby, and is usually served on the occasion in addition to viewing events world wide.

mint julep ingredients, ready to be mixed together.

What You Want

  • Contemporary mint leaves
  • Easy syrup
  • Bourbon
  • Ice

Simple Swaps

Honey easy syrup –> granulated sugar easy syrup: we LOVE our honey easy syrup recipe, however in case you choose to make a conventional granulated easy syrup for this mint julep, go proper forward!

Bourbon –> rye whiskey: a conventional mint julep requires bourbon, which has a sweeter taste profile than rye whiskey. In case you use rye whiskey as an alternative, know that the cocktail may have a extra earthy taste, making it much less candy. You could want to extend the easy sugar used to compensate for this.

The best way to Make a Mint Julep

This mint julep recipe is as simple as 1-2-3. Particularly if you have already got a easy syrup available. Don’t have easy syrup? Learn to make one under!

  1. Add mint leaves and easy syrup to a lowball glass and muddle till the mint is aromatic and damaged up a bit. In case you don’t have a muddler, the again of a wood spoon works as nicely. It will assist to not solely sweeten your mint julep, however to infuse your entire cocktail with flavorful mint.
  2. Add bourbon.
  3. Lastly, fill the glass with crushed ice and stir to mix. Be at liberty to garnish with a mint leaf or two when serving.
mint being muddled in the bottom of a glass for mint juleps.

The best way to Make a Easy Syrup

Easy syrup is such a straightforward factor to make at house. It sounds intimidating, however let me let you know, it’s not! We’ll stroll you thru it:

  1. Place water and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Deliver to a boil after which flip to low and let simmer for 10 minutes to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Flip warmth off and let cool for 10 minutes. As soon as cool, switch to an hermetic container and chill.

Storage: Retailer easy syrup in an air-tight container within the fridge for as much as 10 days.

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Honey Easy Syrup

Our go-to honey easy syrup recipe is a wonderful all-natural easy syrup and really easy to make. It’s scrumptious in cocktails, lemonade, and even in some baking recipes!

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bourbon being stirred into a glass of ice with muddled mint for a mint julep.

Finest Bourbon for Mint Juleps

  • Maker’s Mark
  • Basil Hayden’s
  • Woodford Reserve
  • A rye whiskey would additionally work, however will give these mint juleps a extra earthy taste that’s much less candy

Can I batch-make this cocktail?

To show this single-serve cocktail right into a pitcher, merely use our ingredient multiplier within the recipe card. Comply with the recipe as is after which garnish every mint julep cocktail with a mint leaf or two.

mint julep in a low ball glass garnished with fresh mint.

Serving Suggestions

  • Use contemporary mint leaves: The mint ought to be the star of the present, so be sure you use contemporary, flavorful mint leaves.
  • Make easy syrup: Easy syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water that can be utilized to sweeten cocktails. It’s simple to make and will be saved within the fridge for as much as a month.
  • Use bourbon: A superb bourbon is important for an ideal mint julep. I like to recommend utilizing a bourbon that’s not less than 90 proof.
  • Use crushed ice: Crushed ice helps to chill the drink and add a refreshing texture. It additionally barely dilutes the bourbon to make it good and easy.
  • Garnish with mint: A mint sprig is the traditional garnish for a mint julep. It provides a contact of freshness and wonder to the drink.
  • Don’t over-muddle the mint: Over-muddling the mint will launch an excessive amount of of its oils and make the drink bitter.
  • Serve the mint julep in a julep cup: A julep cup is a conventional glass for serving mint juleps. It has an extended stem and a large opening that helps to chill the drink.
mint julep in a glass garnished with fresh mint.


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