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Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep Recipe

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 YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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).

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.