The Mint Julep


I don't know what a julep is. A flower? A horse? It doesn't matter. You could call this a Mint Cummerbund and I'd have 12, all while hollering "I do declare" in a seersucker suit. It's the official drink of the Kentucky Derby [I think?] and of Kentucky itself [don't fact check that]. Kentuckians [Kentuckites? Kentuckers?!?], by law, are required to learn this recipe on their 4th birthday so they can entertain guests like proper southern belles and beaus. Two ingredients, crushed ice, a sprig of mint, all served in a Glory cup. Try it. Y'all.


Makes 1 Mint Julep

  • 2 oz good bourbon

  • 1/2 oz simple syrup [extra credit: mint simple syrup]

  • Crushed Ice

  • 1 good looking mint sprig, for garnish


  1. Add crushed ice to a fancy cup.

  2. Mix bourbon and simple syrup in a separate cup. Then add to the fancy cup.

  3. Garnish with mint.

  4. Optional: I recommend using a straw as trying to suck this cocktail down through all the ice can get dicey.

Photo by  Adam Jaime

Photo by Adam Jaime

Yes, I realize those are basil leaves for a Basil Julep. But I loved this picture and needed something for this post.