Mint Julep

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Cocktail History

The Mint Julep is a classic cocktail that was created in the late 1700s in the United States. It was first used as a medicinal remedy to settle the stomach before it gained popularity among the Southern elite and eventually became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938. The recipe is traditionally made with bourbon, simple syrup, and mint, and it is served in a pewter julep tin.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Bourbon: This is a type of whiskey made in the United States with at least 51% corn, grains, malted barley, and water. We used J. Carver Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey because it mixes well in cocktails. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Spiritless Kentucky 74 Non-Alcoholic Bourbon Whiskey in place of the whiskey.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Mint Leaves: This is an herb. We used Mojito mint leaves.

Mint Sprig: This is an herb. We used Mojito mint.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Muddler: This is used to muddle ingredients. We used the HQY Stainless Steel Cocktail Muddler.

Bar Spoon: This is used to stir ingredients. We used the Barfly Stainless Steel Teardrop Bar Spoon.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

The Art of Vintage Cocktails
The Art of Vintage Cocktails
Hardcover Book; Rosenbaum, Stephanie (Author); English (Publication Language); 108 Pages – 01/07/2014 (Publication Date) – Egg & Dart (Publisher)
$21.56

AuthorThe Art of Vintage Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 10 Mint Leaves
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add mint leaves and simple syrup to a julep tin.

2

Muddle gently for 5-7 seconds.

3

Fill mug with crushed ice.

4

Add bourbon.

5

Stir for 3-5 seconds.

6

Pack mug with more crushed ice.

7

Garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 10 Mint Leaves
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add mint leaves and simple syrup to a julep tin.

2

Muddle gently for 5-7 seconds.

3

Fill mug with crushed ice.

4

Add bourbon.

5

Stir for 3-5 seconds.

6

Pack mug with more crushed ice.

7

Garnish with mint sprig.

Mint Julep

Make It a Mocktail: Use Spiritless Kentucky 74 Non-Alcoholic Bourbon Whiskey in place of the whiskey to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Bourbon Cocktails

If you like this bourbon-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Mountain Man Cocktail Recipe

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Boo Radley Cocktail Recipe

Boo Radley: A bourbon cocktail made with Cynar, cherry liqueur, a lemon peel, and an orange peel

Weathered Axe Cocktail Recipe

Weathered Axe: A bourbon cocktail made with lemon juice, Combier L’Original Liqueur d’Orange, Cocchi Americano, ginger syrup, absinthe, and rosemary

Stone Fence Cocktail Recipe

Stone Fence: A bourbon cocktail made with apple cider, Angostura Aromatic bitters, and mint

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