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Mint Julep

Submitted by: suzanne-mcminn on June 18, 2010
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Mint Julep

The mint julep is best known as the famed Kentucky Derby drink, where it’s traditionally served in silver glasses or cups, but the first printed mention of it appeared in a book published in London in 1803 in which writer John Davis described it as “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.” You might want to wait till the evening, though. Unless you’re taking the day off!

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes   Cook Time: 5 minutes  


½ cup water
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped roughly
8 ounces bourbon*
extra fresh mint sprigs for garnish

* You can make a non-alcoholic mint julep by replacing the bourbon with cola or tea.


Make a syrup of water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small pot; boil on high until the sugar is dissolved. Let syrup cool then strain liquid to remove mint leaves. Fill two glasses or goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and half of the mint syrup into each glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Makes two drinks. (Recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, and so on, depending on how many drinks you want to make.)

Categories: Beverages, Entertaining, Old-Fashioned, Special Occasions


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    I love mint! This looks great and I happen to have some bourbon and chopped mint in the freezer!

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