Mint Julep

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Cocktail History

The Mint Julep is a classic cocktail that was first 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 elite in the South 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 the base spirit. Using a Kentucky bourbon when making this drink is preferred, but we went with J. Carver Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey because it’s made to stand out in cocktails and is produced locally to us.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Mint Leaves: These are also muddled in the glass to add fresh mint flavor.

Mint Sprig: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh mint aroma.

Recipe

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

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 ¾ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 10 Mint Leaves
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add mint leaves and simple syrup to a julep tin.

2

Muddle gently.

3

Fill mug with ice.

4

Add bourbon.

5

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

6

Pack cup with crushed ice.

7

Stir for 3-5 more seconds.

8

Garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 ¾ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 10 Mint Leaves
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add mint leaves and simple syrup to a julep tin.

2

Muddle gently.

3

Fill mug with ice.

4

Add bourbon.

5

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

6

Pack cup with crushed ice.

7

Stir for 3-5 more seconds.

8

Garnish with mint sprig.

Mint Julep

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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: A bourbon cocktail made with lemon juice, peach liqueur, ginger syrup, maple syrup, and candied ginger

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

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

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

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