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Mint Julep

It wouldn't be Kentucky Derby Day without this mint julep recipe! But, really, this Kentucky Derby mint julep recipe is good anytime. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 cups syrup)

Ingredients

  • MINT SYRUP:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups loosely packed chopped fresh mint
  • EACH SERVING:
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed ice
  • 1/2 to 1 ounce bourbon
  • Mint sprig

Directions

  • For syrup, combine the sugar, water and chopped mint in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature.
  • Line a mesh strainer with a double layer of cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Strain syrup; discard mint. Cover and refrigerate syrup for at least 2 hours or until chilled.
  • For each serving, place ice in a metal julep cup or rocks glass. Pour 1/4 cup mint syrup and bourbon into the glass; stir until mixture is well chilled. Garnish with mint sprig.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon and produces 95% of the world's supply.
  • Lower-proof bourbons take less time to cook off when used in crafting recipes.
  • Try 21 more mixed drinks anyone can master.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1/3 cup: 197 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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