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Classic Mint Julep Recipe

Mint julep
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When properly prepared, this Kentucky Derby staple is arguably one of summer's most refreshing cocktails.

Serve with: canapés.



Servings: 1 12-ounce/355-ml drink


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 10 mint leaves, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 ounces clean fresh spring water or seltzer water to liven it up
  • 3 ounces premium Bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 sprig of mint for garnish
About the Bourbon. Knob Creek is my favorite sippin' whiskey, but no way I'm mixing it with sugar and mint. Maker's Mark is a popular, less expensive choice. But for this recipe, the mint is the star, so I use an inexpensive bourbon like regular Jim Beam.
About the mint. Be sure to remove the stems and the large central vein which can be bitter. Leaves only, please.
Liven it up a bit. Before serving, dose it with a splash of club soda if you wish.
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  • Prep. Rinse the mint leaves to make sure any dirt splashed on the underside of the leaves is gone. Don't dry them. The moisture from the rinse is helpful in making the drink.
  • Put the leaves in a 12-ounce/355-ml cocktail glass and pour the sugar on top. Muddle them together gently with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. When the leaves and wet sugar begin to turn a little mushy, add the water and the bourbon, and stir with a fork until the sugar dissolves.
  • Serve. Top with crushed ice, add a couple dashes of Angostura bitters, garnish with the sprig of mint, add a straw, and you're off!