Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep Recipe – a southern cocktail made with fresh mint and bourbon. The signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. So easy to make, refreshing, and absolutely delicious!

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Mint Julep Recipe - a southern cocktail made with fresh mint and bourbon. The signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. So easy to make, refreshing, and absolutely delicious! | One Dish Kitchen

A Mint Julep is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, but I have fond memories of mint juleps as a New Orleans cocktail.

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A Mint Julep is very easy to make and there are as many recipes as there are people to make them. The ingredients in a Mint Julep are simple syrup, bourbon, mint and ice.

Mint Julep Recipe : One Dish Kitchen

Since I’m living in Texas now and have been for the last 15 years, I wanted to use a Texas bourbon in this Mint Julep recipe so I chose 1835 Bourbon. 

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How To Make A Mint Julep

To make a Mint Julep, first make up a simple syrup. Combine one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan. Heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool.

Pour the amount of bourbon you’ll be using into a small measuring cup and drop in a few mint leaves and leave them there for a couple of hours. Leaving the leaves in the bourbon is a completely optional step but is does enhance the mint flavor. You could also toss a few mint leaves into the simple syrup while it’s cooling. It doesn’t take very long for the syrup to take on the mint flavor.

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When you’re ready to make the Mint Julep, mix together the simple syrup with the mint infused bourbon.

Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour in the liquid.

A Mint Julep is a drink that is easily adjusted according to your tastes. If you’d like a stronger drink, add a little more bourbon. If you’d like it sweeter, add more simple syrup.

Typically,  it’s about a 2 to 1 ratio of simple syrup to bourbon. So if you are having a big get together you can make a small pitcher of the bourbon and simple syrup mix, chill it and serve over ice when your guests arrive.

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Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
steep mint: 1 hour
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 6 mint leaves (plus more for garnish)
  • crushed ice

Instructions

  • Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove pot from stove and allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour or longer.
  • Pour the bourbon into a small measuring cup. Add the mint leaves to the bourbon and let sit for at least one hour.
  • Combine the mint infused bourbon with the simple syrup.
  • Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour the bourbon and syrup combination over the ice and garnish with extra mint, if desired.

Notes

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Sodium: 8mg | Sugar: 99g | Vitamin A: 2.5% | Vitamin C: 1.2% | Calcium: 0.7% | Iron: 0.8%
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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