How to Make the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

How to Make the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

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Mint Julep

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Mint Julep recipe comes to you directly from Kentucky. Serve it in a silver cup and don your hat - it's Kentucky Derby time!


  • 2 cups sugar (256g)
  • 2 cups water (270ml)
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Silver Julep Cups


  1. Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes.
  2. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight if you have time.
  3. Make one Julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice.
  4. Add one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Kentucky Bourbon.
  5. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup.
  6. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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