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A crystal rocks glass with a Classic Mint Julep cocktail and garnished with fresh mint. It's the traditional cocktail of the Kentucky Derby and perfect for your parties!



This classic mint julep is the traditional cocktail of the Kentucky Derby.  It is minty, a little sweet, and highlights the full, rich flavor of the bourbon.



½ ounce simple syrup

8 mint leaves, no stems, more for garnish

2 ounces bourbon

Crushed ice


In a Julep cup or a rocks glass, muddle the mint and simple syrup together to release the essential oil in the leaves.  They do not have to be crushed into small bits.

Pour in the bourbon and fill the glass with crushed ice.

Stir well.

Garnish with mint sprigs and enjoy.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Starters - Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: classic mint julep, Kentucky Derby, bourbon cocktails, Southern cocktails, mint