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Two mint Juleps in silver glasses surrounded by ice and sprigs of mint.
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Mint Julep

The legendary Mint Julep cocktail is one of my party mainstays; bourbon, mint, and a bit of sugar come together to make something strong, sweet, and totally refreshing. A Julep is just what you need while at the races, or at the very least, after a long day of digging all that wild mint out of your garden.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 184kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces bourbon (1/4 cup) or more to taste (see note 2)
  • fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions

  • In a julep cup or tall glass, combine sugar and water and stir to dissolve. Add mint leaves and muddle in the bottom of the glass.
  • Fill half the glass with ice. Add bourbon and stir to combine. Top with more ice and stir until the glass is frosty. Garnish generously with mint sprigs.

Notes

  1. Sugar: 2 teaspoons simple syrup can be substituted for the 1 teaspoon sugar + 1 teaspoon water. Learn how easy it is to make your own simple syrup.
  2. Bourbon: There are lots of opinions on which bourbon is best, but Woodford Reserve seems to be a crowd favorite (and it's the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby).
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Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.5mg