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a mint julep cocktail with a glass of mint and flowers on a cream background

Perfect Mint Julep Recipe

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 2 hours cooling time
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes (plus 2 hours cooling time)
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


This is the perfect mint julep recipe. Muddled mint, bourbon, and mint infused simple syrup are served over crushed ice creating a well-balanced cocktail.



For the mint syrup (makes about 8oz or enough for about 16 (8oz) cocktails)*

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 10 fresh mint leaves

For the mint julep

  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • .5 oz mint simple syrup (or 1 Tbsp.)
  • crushed ice
  • mint for garnish – optional


  1. To make the syrup, combine the sugar, water, and fresh mint in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Let the mixture come to an almost boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Just before it boils, remove from the heat and let it cool in the saucepan for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the syrup to a glass jar with a lid and let it cool in the refrigerator for a few hours until totally cool or cold. I like to leave the mint leaves in the syrup. 
  4. To make the cocktail, muddle the mint leaves well in the bottom of a glass cocktail pitcher or large glass. Add the bourbon and mint syrup and muddle again.
  5. Add a handful of ice cubes to the pitcher and stir for 20-30 seconds*.
  6. Immediately pour the drink, straining out the muddled mint, into a julep glass or an 8oz. glass filled to the brim with crushed ice.


  • The syrup should last in the fridge for a week or two
  • If you don’t have crushed ice, add ice cubes to a bag and pound with a rolling pin or meat cleaver
  • I love this post for learning the proper cocktail stirring technique
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 8oz.
  • Calories: 215
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 2 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: bourbon, cocktail, drink, mint

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