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Mint Julep

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


10 servings (2-1/2 cups syrup)

Updated: Jul. 19, 2022
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
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups loosely packed chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed ice
  • 1/2 to 1 ounce bourbon
  • Mint sprig


  1. For syrup, combine 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For each serving, place ice in a metal julep cup or rocks glass. Pour 2-4 tablespoons mint syrup and bourbon into the glass; stir until mixture is well chilled. Garnish with mint sprig.

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  • Mock Mint Julep: Prepare mint syrup as directed. After straining, add 1/2 cup lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chilled. For each serving, combine 1/2 cup club soda and 1/4 cup mint syrup in a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint.

    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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