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Classic Mint Julep

Mint Juleps! The classic Kentucky Derby bourbon cocktail is the perfect refreshing drink for enjoying on race day! 
Prep Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • 4 fresh mint leaves plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • 2 ounces good quality bourbon
  • ½ ounce simple syrup see above for directions


  • 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.
  • Add simple syrup to the glass.
  • Pour in bourbon.
  • 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. 
  • "Slap" a sprig of mint, or clap between your hands, and garnish glass. Serve with a straw.