How to Make a Kentucky Mint Julep

The mint julep has been a tradition in Kentucky for years.  Served at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. This is a great “sippin” drink to enjoy while relaxing on those hot summer Southern afternoons or just any time you need something cold and smooth.

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

Sprigs of fresh mint

Crushed ice

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (can use as much as you like)

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Place 3 or 4  mint leaves in bottom of tall glass, add about an ounce of the syrup.  Use a wooden spoon handle crush or mash the leaves to extract flavor into the syrup.  Fill glass with crushed ice, pour in 2 ounces of bourbon. Can add a dash of water if you want to cut it some.  Garnish with mint and Enjoy!

Note: Simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

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  1. richardbrundle235 says:

    I don’t have fresh mint. Can I use mint liquier?

  2. can be made sugar free or reduced sugar using sugarlose instead of sugar – or go wild and use Dark brown sugarlose.

  3. I have so much mint and I haven’t made one of these. For shame! Yours looks wonderful, no surprise.

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