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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

A mint julep is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar syrup, and crushed ice. Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states, and in Kentucky in particular.



  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 ounces bourbon or sour mash whiskey
  • Mint sprigs (for garnish)

Mint Julep

  • 2 ounces bourbon or sour mash whiskey
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish


  1. Syrup: Boil sugar, water and mint leaves together in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the liquid is clear. Set the syrup aside; it will steep as it cools. Strain it before using it. Refrigerated, the syrup keeps indefinitely.
  2. Mint Julep: Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons, or more to taste, of the mint syrup into the bottom of an 8-ounce glass. Fill the glass halfway with cracked ice, and pour 2 ounces of bourbon over it. Stir gently to blend, and garnish with mint.

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