THE KENTUCKY MINT JULEP

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The Kentucky mint julep has been a tradition for years.  Served at Churchill Downs in Louisville 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. Mint juleps are served at Keeneland and most bars and restaurants that sell drinks in Kentucky.  If you have not tried a Kentucky mint julep, you need to try one.  You can’t get much more Southern than the mint julep.  Be sure to make it with a good Kentucky bourbon for a real authentic mint julep like we serve here in the Commonwealth and enjoy!

How to Make a Kentucky Mint Julep

Ingredients for the Kentucky Mint Julep

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.

You may also like our Kentucky Derby Recipes.

Kentucky Mint Julep
Prep Time
0 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

The Kentucky mint julep has been a tradition for years.  Served at Churchill Downs in Louisville 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.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kentucky Mint Julep
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey can use as much as you like
Instructions
  1. 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!
Recipe Notes

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

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4 Comments

  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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