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Mint Julep Recipe

Easy 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! | onedishkitchen.com
Prep Time10 mins
steep mint1 hr
Total Time10 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


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


  • 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.


This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Sodium: 8mg | Sugar: 99g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg