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Classic Mint Julep Recipe

This mint julep recipe is simple, totally refreshing, and delicious! The signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby is perfect for cooling off all summer. It's ready in just 5 minutes!
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword classic mint julep, mint julep recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink


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


  • Prepare the simple syrup ahead of time. In a glass, add the mint leaves. Tear any large leaves in half. 
  • Pour in your simple syrup.
  • Muddle the leaves in the glass to release the mint flavor. The muddling takes a good 2-3 minutes.
  • Fill the glass with the crushed ice almost to the top.
  • Add in your favorite Kentucky bourbon.
  • Top up with club soda; stir to mix everything together. Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy!


  • This recipe works best for a 6 ounce glass.
  • 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.