Looking for a refreshing and classic cocktail to serve at your Kentucky Derby Party or any summer gathering? Look no further than the Mint Julep! This iconic drink is synonymous with Southern charm. With its simple yet elegant combination of bourbon, fresh mint, sugar, and crushed ice, the Mint Julep is the perfect balance of sweetness and minty freshness. Sip on this cool concoction as you cheer on your favorite horses or simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the porch. So, gather your ingredients, muddle your mint, and raise a glass to the timeless tradition of the Mint Julep.


  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups bourbon
  • powdered sugar, optional
  • fresh mint leaves for garnish


  • Bring the water, sugar, and mint leaves to a boil in a large saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  • Cover the sugar mixture, and steep for 30 minutes.  This process allows the flavor to be extracted from the mint leaves.   
  • Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding mint leaves.
  • Let cool then stir in bourbon.
  • Serve in 4 glasses over crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a fresh mint spring and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Makes 4 cocktails.