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

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


  • 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


  • 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.


  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).


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