Classic Mint Juleps

a Kentucky Derby cocktail

Mint Juleps! The classic Kentucky Derby bourbon cocktail is the perfect refreshing drink for enjoying on race day! Learn how to make a classic mint julep recipe and a few delicious variations.

Step 1

Place mint leaves in a glass or mint julep cup. Press on them lightly with the back of a spoon to release the essential oils.  Remove from glass if desired.

Step 2

Add simple syrup to the glass. Note: Check out the post for variations on Mint Juleps using flavored simple syrups!

Step 3

Pour in bourbon. Tip: Woodford Reserve, Maker's Mark, Old Forester and Knob Creek are all decent options, but feel free to experiment with your favorite bourbons.

Step 4

Pack cup tightly with crushed or shaved ice. Stir until outside of the cup is frosted. Add enough crushed or shaved ice to create a dome on top.

Step 5

"Slap" a sprig of mint, or clap between your hands, and garnish glass.  Serve with a straw.

Step 5

Get ingredients & full recipe in the post! 

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