Mint Julep Recipe
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Mint Julep Recipe

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Our home economists know it wouldn't be Kentucky Derby Day without Mint Juleps! They even offer a nonalcoholic version that tastes just as great.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups loosely packed chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed ice
  • 1/2 to 1 ounce bourbon
  • Mint sprig

Nutritional Facts

1/3 cup equals 197 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. For syrup, combine the sugar, water and chopped mint in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature.
  2. Line a mesh strainer with a double layer of cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Strain syrup; discard mint. Cover and refrigerate syrup for at least 2 hours or until chilled.
  3. For each serving, place ice in a metal julep cup or rocks glass. Pour 1/4 cup mint syrup and bourbon into the glass; stir until mixture is well chilled. Garnish with mint sprig. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 cups syrup).
Originally published as Mint Julep in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"My little girl loves horses, so I made this for her last May and we drank it (minus the bourbon) as we watched the Kentucky Derby. We thought it was great."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"So simple and refresh!"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"My first post was unfair, I prefer to receive constructive criticism, so I should provide it as well.

Here is my favorite Mint Julep mix.
I am a Makers Mark Ambassador so Credit is to Makers Mark:
1-1/2 parts Maker?s Mark® Bourbon
Fresh mint
2 tablespoons simple syrup* muddled with mint
Splash of distilled water
Powdered sugar
Mix together simple syrup* muddled with mint, Maker?s Mark® Bourbon and distilled water. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over top. Sprinkle top of ice with powdered sugar. Garnish with a mint sprig.
*Simple syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup distilled water
Heat to dissolve sugar, stirring constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"Please remove this recipe as an insult to the Ky Mint Julep.

There is not an "Ole' Ky Home" that does not have embedded in it's bones, Mint (wild or not) and the propensity to appreciate Bourbon.
The Julep is a celebration of that rustic and old Home'sy feel of the casual country.
Therefore, Please do not call this a Julep. Maybe it is a "Sport Drink", for those inclined to chase the Derby Winner?"

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