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Authentic Southern Mint Julep Recipe

Toast to the Kentucky Derby With a Classic Mint Julep

Whether it's Kentucky Derby season or just hotter than hell outside, a classic bourbon mint julep chills and refreshes. Sugar, muddled mint, bourbon, and (keyword) tons of crushed ice, a mint julep is like drinking an ice pack, which is essential on a torturous Southern Summer day.

I'm not one for turning on the stove when I don't have to, so this cocktail comes together without making mint simple syrup. Instead, we'll let the bourbon do the work of dissolving the minty-sugar mixture.

As for those silver julep cups, the metal seems to keep the beverage cooler for longer (don't quote me on that science) plus adds an additional menthol-like element to the cocktail's flavor. It's sort of like how a moscow mule tastes best in a copper mug.

Easy Mint Julep

Easy Mint Julep

Easy Mint Julep


  1. 4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  2. 1-2 teaspoons sugar, depending on sweetness preference
  3. 2 ounces bourbon
  4. Crushed ice


  1. In a double old-fashioned cocktail glass or silver mint julep cup, tear up mint. Add sugar and a small splash of bourbon. Muddle until mint leaves are pulpy. Add bourbon, and stir until sugar dissolves. Top with ice, and garnish with mint sprig.
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