Mint Julep - the Real Thing

READY IN: 24hrs 30mins
Recipe by SusieQusie

Don't be fooled by imposters. This is the authentic julep. Makes you want to wear a white suit & black string tie whilst you sip it from your silver cup. I make this every year for a Derby party & some of the guests like them so much they never remember which horse won the race. Cook time includes chilling time.

Top Review by Shoshana

As a non-bourbon drinker who doesn't own a shaker and who usually avoids minted drinks, I think this makes a PERFECT mint julep. I've made some disgusting drinks following the Churchill Downs bartenders directions but this is furlongs better. I can now look forward to the first Saturday in May for more than just great racing. (btw, I try to compensate for the lack of a shaker by chilling the glass.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the sugar & water in a saucepan. Boil, while stirring, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat & let cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Bruise 6 mint leaves to release the oil. Place them in a glass pitcher or jar.
  3. Pour cooled syrup over mint, cap tightly & store in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. When ready to partake, strain syrup to remove leaves.
  5. Into your cocktail shaker add bourbon, mint syrup & 1/2 cup ice.
  6. Shake, shake, shake your julep.
  7. Pour mixture into a small glass or julep cup.
  8. Top with a fresh mint leaf.
  9. Serve with a short straw.

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