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Kentucky Mint Julep

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.

Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kentucky Mint Julep
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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!


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