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Traditional Mint Julep

Traditional Mint Julep
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 1
If you've never had a traditional mint julep, be sure to include this easy recipe at your next Derby Day party or summer gathering. Make the mint syrup in advance and cocktail prep will be a breeze.
By Arlene Cummings
Updated July 15, 2014


Mint Simple syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, torn into pieces


  • 1 1/2 oz Kentucky Whisky
  • 1 oz mint syrup
  • Fresh mint for garnish
  • 8 oz glass or silver cup filled with crushed ice


  • 1
    To make the mint simple syrup, add the water and the sugar to a small saucepan and boil for 1 to 2 minutes stirring until sugar is dissolved. Muddle mint slightly to release natural oils, stir it into the syrup mixture. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Fill an 8-oz glass with crushed ice. Pour in the whisky and give it a good stir. Then top with the mint syrup and a few sprigs of fresh mint.
  • 3
    Enjoy slowly (and responsibly).

  • The mint syrup can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for several days.
  • There is enough syrup to make several drinks.
  • Be sure to just make one drink at a time so the crushed ice doesn’t melt too quickly.
  • Traditionally this drink is served in a silver cup but if you can’t find one a glass will work fine.

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