Mint Julep

A Mint Julep is a classic bourbon cocktail made withe fresh mint. Perfect for sipping on while watching the Derby, yes. But also a tasty cocktail for anytime!

Mint Julep Cocktail with ice

What Is A Mint Julep?

A Mint Julep is a bourbon cocktail made with muddled sugar and fresh mint. Mint Julep Cocktails became a famous Kentucky Derby watching cocktail as bourbon is quite popular in the south.

But after making this drink the original way (and also tasting it for the first time) I thought it was damn good enough on it’s own. No need to try and make it something it’s not. I honestly didn’t think I was going to like this drink at all but it surprised me. I guess all those Derby people are on to something.

Like this drink – bourbon, mint and sugar. That’s all. Nothing else to hid that distinct bourbon flavor. This is actually the perfect cocktail for bourbon lovers, especially the ones that enjoy their bourbon neat. They can actually enjoy a bourbon “cocktail” without it taking too much away from the actual bourbon.

Don’t have a shiny silver glass? That’s OK too, I didn’t either and I can promise you it still tasted amazing.

Get some appetizers and snacks ready…lots of food needs to be served along with all the bourbon going on…you don’t want your friends taking naps on your couch…and get ready to watch the horses.

Mint Julep Cocktail with fresh mint

The Kentucky Derby seems like such a cool sporting event to go to – I’ve never been but I’d love to go one day. It’s like all this crazy preparation for this race and it’s over in a few minutes. That’s what makes it fun to watch at home though too, the race might be over but we can still eat and drink our Mint Juleps!

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Mint Julep

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

This classic bourbon cocktail is so refreshing! Made with fresh mint, this drink is perfect any time of the year!



  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 2 sugar cubes
  • 45 sprigs of fresh mint, plus extra for garnish
  • Seltzer for topping


  1. Muddle the sugar cubes and the mint leaves in the bottom of a shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and add the bourbon.
  3. Shake well and strain into a low-ball glass filled with crushed ice.
  4. Top with a splash of seltzer and garnish with fresh mint leaves.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

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