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Mint Julep

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All you need to make a perfect mint julep is four ingredients: a good quality bourbon, simple syrup, fresh mint and some crushed ice. It absolutely must be crushed ice. The drink may taste strong and sweet at first, but after only a few minutes, the ice will dilute and soften the drink and it will transform into a sublime and ambrosial mix that will be about as refreshing (and Southern) as you’ll find at any restaurant or bar. 

Ready in
5 m
5 m
(prepare time)


  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1/2 Ounce simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 Ounces bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig, garnish


Step 1: In a rocks glass muddle 8 mint leaves with 1/2 ounce simple syrup.

Step 2: Add 2 1/2 ounces bourbon and a handful of crushed ice, stir well. Fill glass completely with crushed iced.

Step 3: Garnish with mint sprig.