The Classic Mint Julep Recipe

The Classic Mint Julep Recipe
Staff Writer


Sometimes you just want the original. 

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  • 2 ounces Kentucky bourbon
  • ¾ ounce mint-infused simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 mint sprig for garnish


Add a ½ cup of crushed ice into the bottom of a chilled julep cup. Pour in bourbon and simple syrup, stir, and garnish with mint sprig. Sip and enjoy.

Mint Julep Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Mint Julep Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.