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How to Make Classic Mint Julep

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Brenda is a homegrown Southern woman, mom to three beautiful kids, and wife to the man of her dreams. She loves cooking for her family.

Mint Julep


About Mint Julep

I fell in love with this cocktail at the Kentucky Derby and now I make it myself at home. I love bourbon for cooking and drinking now and then, so I usually have had a bottle at home, and I grow a lot of mints as I also love mint tea, mint lemonade, mint, and watermelon, to name a few, so I swear this drink was made with me in mind, and I think you will love it just as much.

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For Mint Syrup:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup packed Fresh mint leaves, Chopped

For Each Drink:

  • 1/2 the glass full Crushed ice
  • 1 ounce Bourbon
  • 1 Mint sprig


  1. For Syrup: Mix sugar, water, and chopped mint in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Let cool till room temperature.
  2. Line a mesh strainer with coffee filter or cheese cloth and strain syrup. Discard the chopped mint. Cover and chill for two hours to overnight.
  3. For each serving: Add ice to metal mint julep cup or glass add 3 Tbsp of syrup, and bourbon to glass.
  4. Stir untill mixture well chilled. Garnish with mint sprig and enjoy.

© 2022 Brenda

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