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mint julep in a silver cup

Fresh Mint Julep Recipe

  • Author: Kevin Mayfield
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x
  • Category: Whiskey Cocktail
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American


This refreshing minty cocktail is a southern classic and a Derby winner.



2 ounces Bourbon

1 ounce simple syrup

6-8 fresh mint leaves

2 cups of crushed ice


  1. Place the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker
  2. Pour in the simple syrup and gently muddle with a wooden muddler
  3. Pour the mixture into a julep cup
  4. Add plenty of crushed ice
  5. Pour the Bourbon in through the crushed ice
  6. Stir until the silver julep cup has a nice frost to it
  7. Add the mint sprig for garnish


You could use a tablespoon of powdered sugar and a dash of water instead of simple syrup

If you don't have a julep cup, use a highball glass

Keywords: mint julep, Kentucky Derby, bourbon cocktail, julep drink, derby drink, classic cocktail