Mint Julep

April 24, 2013

With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner I thought it was about time that I start perfecting my mint julep skills. This iconic drink is so simple to make, yet there are a few tricks that will make your juleps a guaranteed winner. For instance, I highly recommend purchasing a few julep cups. I ordered mine via KegWorks. Not only do they look awesome, but they’re just the right size and the metal will make/keep your drink extra cold . . . perfect for a hot, humid day at the races.

[linktopost slug=”tools-of-the-trade”]

Mint Julep

This iconic cocktail is so simple to make, yet there are a few tricks that will make your juleps a guaranteed winner.
Servings: 1 cocktail



  1. Start by removing the mint leaves from their stems and place in the bottom of the julep cup. Add simple syrup and muddle very lightly. If you don't have a muddler you can use the back of a spoon. The goal is not to break apart the mint, but rather to release the oils from the mint, infusing the simple syrup with mint flavor.
  2. Next, add the bourbon and fill half of the julep cup with crushed ice. Stir using a bar spoon or swizzle stick so that the mint, syrup, bourbon and ice are thoroughly mixed. I crushed my ice in a food processor, but you can also use a blender or a lewis bag and mallet.
  3. Now that all of the ingredients have been added and you've given a quick stir, add even more ice. You'll want to fill with crushed ice up and over the rim of the julep cup. At this point your drink will be ice-cold, and your cup frosty with condensation.
  4. Lastly, garnish with a large sprig of mint. Place your straw next to the garnish so you can smell the fresh mint while you sip.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


With some southern family, I’ve had a few of these while out visiting. I had no idea the recipe had so few ingredients. Definitely something I will be trying soon. Not to mention that your photos make it look phenomenal.

Having had one of this fantastic libations recently I can honestly say that taste just as good as they look! I can’t wait for another excuse to imbibe!!!

Ahh, I love the Derby time of year. These are gorgeous! I’ve actually ordered homebrew equipment from KegWorks – so I’m definitely looking forward to ordering from them again!

Thanks Laura! I was very happy with these julep cups. They are nice and heavy in the hand and appear very well made. Great for the price!

I’ve hardly finished my morning coffee and you’ve got me wanting a mint julep. This looks so refreshing. Thanks for sharing tips on crushing ice, I never knew a great way to do this.

OMG Todd, I want to be drinking these all day in the office hahah…I think you’ve sparked a soon to be obsession of mine 🙂 Why have I never had this before, when my favorite liquor is bourbon!?

This is one thing I miss about living in the South…you can always find a delicious Julep. Now I can make a tasty one at home…thanks for the amazing recipe!

Looks so refreshing, now we just need the weather to match here in NYC.
Love mint julep cups, you can also use them for little flower arrangements after the Derby is over. I used them at my wedding as vases.

Quinn Cooper Style

My goodness, how I love mint juleps! You get a perfect blend of sweetness, the aroma/flavor of the mint and the potency of the icy, cold bourbon….wowzers…what’s NOT to love?

I’ve actually never had a Mint Julep. Might need to remedy that this weekend when the weather here in Denver finally reaches the 70’s. Beautiful cocktail.

I know!! The winter weather is really hanging on out there. But I also know it gets blazing hot. Can’t wait till you get to mix up your first julep Rachael.

Leave a Reply

Link Love