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If you’re after a refreshing, bourbon-based cocktail that’s both simple and elegant, you’ve hit the jackpot with this single serving Mint Julep recipe. Perfect for a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up or a celebratory toast, this classic Southern cocktail brings a touch of Kentucky charm right to your glass. Traditionally the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep combines fresh mint, bourbon, and a touch of sweetness for a truly delightful beverage.

Looking for other refreshing cocktails? Check out our tangy Aperol Spritz, bold Tequila Sunrise, light Ranch Water, or fruity Strawberry Daiquiri. Each one offers a distinct and enjoyable flavor.

Why You’ll Love This Mint Julep Recipe

  • Effortless Elegance: Making a Mint Julep is easy and quick, making it perfect for those moments when you want something special without the fuss.
  • Versatile Bourbon Selection: Whether you prefer a smooth 1835 Bourbon, a rich Maker’s Mark, or a robust Knob Creek, this recipe allows you to use your favorite bourbon for a personalized touch.
  • Refreshing Taste: The combination of fresh mint and bourbon creates a refreshingly cool and slightly sweet drink, ideal for warm days or as a relaxing evening sipper.
  • Historic Charm: Enjoy a piece of Southern tradition with each sip, connecting you to the heritage of the Kentucky Derby.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a casual night in or a celebration, this Mint Julep fits the bill, making any moment a little more special.

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Simple Syrup: Mix equal parts of granulated sugar and water to create your simple syrup.
  • Bourbon Selection: Choose a bourbon that you enjoy. I often go for Texas’s own 1835 Bourbon after living in Texas for over 20 years. Other great choices include Maker’s Mark or Knob Creek.
  • Fresh Mint: Select fresh mint leaves, ensuring they are bright green for the best flavor.
  • Ice Usage: Don’t skimp on the ice for your Mint Julep. I recommend using crushed ice for the best texture.

How To Make Simple Syrup

You might find simple syrup in stores, but making it at home is a great choice. It’s surprisingly easy and often tastes better than store-bought versions. If you can boil water, you can definitely make simple syrup.

This syrup is a key component in many cocktails and drinks because it mixes smoothly with other liquids.

Here’s how to do it: In a saucepan, mix together one cup of sugar with one cup of water. Heat this mixture, stirring until the sugar fully dissolves. Then, take the saucepan off the heat and let the syrup cool down before you use it.

a mint julep next to a bottle of texas bourbon.

Recipe Variations

  • Fruity Mint Julep Variations: Experiment with different fruits in your Mint Julep, such as muddled peaches, mangoes, or melons.
  • Spiced Mint Julep: Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the simple syrup for a warm and spicy twist.
  • Citrus Variation: Add a splash of lemon or orange juice for a zesty note.
  • Sparkling Julep: Top off with a splash of club soda for a fizzy variant.
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How To Make A Mint Julep

  1. Prepare Simple Syrup: Start by creating simple syrup. In a saucepan, mix one cup of sugar with one cup of water. Heat the mixture, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Once done, take it off the heat and let it cool.
  2. Muddle the Mint Leaves: Place mint leaves into your cocktail glass. Pour in the simple syrup. You can either let the leaves steep in the syrup for 10 minutes or use a muddler (or a wooden spoon) to gently press the leaves into the syrup.
  3. Assemble the Mint Julep: Pour bourbon into the glass. Fill the rest of the glass with ice and give it a good stir.
  4. Garnish: Optionally, you can add a sprig of fresh mint for garnish.

Remember, a Mint Julep can be tailored to your liking. For a stronger drink, add a bit more bourbon. If you prefer it sweeter, increase the amount of simple syrup.

Expert Tips

  • Muddle Gently: When muddling the mint, use a light touch to release the flavors without making the drink bitter.
  • Chill Your Glass: Pre-chill your glass for an extra refreshing drink.
  • Use Crushed Ice: Crushed ice chills the drink faster and creates a nice slush factor.
  • Adjust Sweetness: Tailor the sugar amount to your preference. Less for a stronger bourbon taste, more for a sweeter sip.
  • Experiment with Garnishes: A sprig of mint is classic, but try adding a lemon twist or a few raspberries for a colorful touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you serve a Mint Julep?

Traditionally, Mint Juleps are served in a silver julep cup. However, a rocks glass or any other sturdy glass will work just fine.

How long will simple syrup last?

In the refrigerator, it can last up to a month.

How can I make my Mint Julep less sweet?

Reduce the amount of simple syrup or add more bourbon.

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Mint Julep Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Enjoy a refreshing homemade Mint Julep with this easy single serving recipe! Perfect blend of bourbon, mint, and simple syrup for a classic taste.

Equipment

  • drinking glass

Ingredients 
 

  • 3 mint leaves –plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces simple syrup –see notes below
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • crushed ice
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Instructions 

  • Start by putting mint leaves in your cocktail glass. Pour in the simple syrup. You can let the leaves sit in the syrup for about 10 minutes to infuse the flavor, or you can use a muddler (or the back of a wooden spoon) to gently press the mint into the syrup.
  • Next, add bourbon to the glass. Fill the rest of the glass with ice and mix well.
  • If you like, top off your drink with a fresh mint sprig for garnish.

Notes

  • Muddle Gently: When muddling the mint, use a light touch to release the flavors without making the drink bitter.
  • Chill Your Glass: Pre-chill your glass for an extra refreshing drink.
  • Use Crushed Ice: Crushed ice chills the drink faster and creates a nice slush factor.
  • Adjust Sweetness: Tailor the sugar amount to your preference. Less for a stronger bourbon taste, more for a sweeter sip.
  • Experiment with Garnishes: A sprig of mint is classic, but try adding a lemon twist or a few raspberries for a colorful touch.
 
Simple Syrup Recipe
You might find simple syrup in stores, but making it at home is a great choice. It’s surprisingly easy and often tastes better than store-bought versions. If you can boil water, you can definitely make simple syrup.
This syrup is a key component in many cocktails and drinks because it mixes smoothly with other liquids.
Here’s how to do it: In a saucepan, mix together one cup of sugar with one cup of water. Heat this mixture, stirring until the sugar fully dissolves. Then, take the saucepan off the heat and let the syrup cool down before you use it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 228kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 37mg, Sugar: 26g, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 2mg

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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  1. PAT says:

    JUST IN TIME FOR
    DERBY COMING UP.
    I WILL ENJOY IT.
    THANK YOU PAT.