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This easy mint julep recipe is the classic refreshing Kentucky Derby cocktail with bourbon, simple syrup, and mint. 

Classic Mint Julep Recipe

This simple mint julep recipe is fast, refreshing, and delicious! The Kentucky Derby's signature cocktail is perfect for cooling off all summer.

Course Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword classic mint julep, mint julep recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Author Natasha Bull

Ingredients

  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (see note on how to make it)
  • 1 ounce Kentucky bourbon
  • Club soda for topping up
  • Crushed or shaved ice

Instructions

  1. In a glass, add the mint leaves. Tear any large leaves in half. 
  2. Pour in your simple syrup.
  3. Muddle the leaves in the glass to release the mint flavor. The muddling takes a good 2-3 minutes. I used a pestle to do this since I couldn't find my cocktail muddler.
  4. Fill the glass with the crushed ice almost to the top.
  5. Add in your favorite Kentucky bourbon.
  6. Top up with club soda; stir to mix everything together. Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe is for a 6 ounce glass. If you're using a 9 ounce glass, use 1.5 ounces simple syrup and 1.5 ounces bourbon. 
  • How to make simple syrup: Add equal parts sugar and water to a small pan (I did 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water - it makes plenty of syrup). Boil until dissolved; let it cool and transfer to a sealed container (e.g. mason jar) and store in the fridge for up to about a month.