Mint Julep in clear glass with mint sprigs as garnish.
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Classic Mint Julep Recipe

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Do you ever just want a classic cocktail? This Classic Mint Julep Recipe is perfect when you want something simple, but flavorful. It only has three ingredients and takes less than five minutes to make. This cocktail is perfect for relaxing by the pool or staying in with friends.

Mint Julep from above in clear glass with mint sprigs.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Bourbon
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Fresh Mint
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Equipment You May Need

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Cup and Spoon
  • Muddler
  • Stirring Stick

Helpful Tips for Making a Classic Mint Julep

  • Crushed ice is best and helps dilute this strong drink more quickly.
  • If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the tip of a wooden spoon.
  • Add extra water or powdered sugar to make this drink to your liking.

Variations

  • Thin Mint Julep: Replace two ounces of bourbon with 1.5 ounces of bourbon and 0.5 ounces of white creme de cacao.
  • Champagne Julep: Add four ounces of champagne or sparking wine on top of the crushed ice.
  • Busy Bee Mint Julep: Use 0.5 ounces of honey in place of powdered sugar.

Other Recipes You Might Enjoy

If you’re looking for a refreshing drink, you may also like my Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Recipe or you may want to learn How to Make a Whiskey Sour. This Lilac Wine and this Frozen Margarita Recipe are also delicious.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are enjoying a Classic Mint Julep while watching the Kentucky Derby or for National Mint Julep Day (May 30), you will not be disappointed. This drink was light and refreshing so it was perfect for a warm May evening. Try it and see for yourself.

Mint Julep in clear glass with mint sprigs as garnish.
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Classic Mint Julep Recipe

This Classic Mint Julep Recipe is simple to make with only three ingredients: mint, sugar, and bourbon. It is perfect for watching the Kentucky Derby or relaxing by the pool.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Mint Julep
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Heidi Bruaw

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Sprigs Mint

Instructions

  • Remove leaves from mint stem and place into 12-ounce glass.
  • Add powdered sugar and a drop of water.
  • Use a muddler to mash ingredients until powdered sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour in Bourbon and fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Stir until outside of glass is frosted.
  • Add a sprig of mint for decoration.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Notes

  • Crushed ice is best and helps dilute this strong drink more quickly.
  • If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the tip of a wooden spoon.
  • Add extra water or powdered sugar to make this drink to your liking.
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