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Mint Julep - Party-Size

Rated as 4.17 out of 5 Stars

"We host a Kentucky Derby Party every year, and have for 10 years. When each guest arrives they are given a real Churchill Downs commemorative mint julep glass to which they then add a self-stick name tag on which they print their name. This serves as their glass, name tag, and souvenir of the party. Many still have one from each year of the party as Churchill Downs produces a new one each year!!!"
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4 h 20 m servings 207
Original recipe yields 65 servings


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  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan and stir in sugar until dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil the syrup until it becomes clear, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir 1 cup mint leaves into the simple syrup and allow to cool thoroughly. Pour syrup and mint leaves into a container with a lid. Mix in 1 more cup mint leaves, cover, and refrigerate mint syrup at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Pour whiskey and chilled mint syrup into a large cooler or drink dispenser.
  4. To serve, fill 10-ounce glasses with ice and dispense 2 to 4 ounces mint julep mixture into each glass. Top with ice water and 1 or 2 mint leaves per cocktail and stir.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Make double the amount of simple syrup, using 6 cups water and 6 cups sugar; add more syrup to taste to whiskey for a sweeter cocktail, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 207 calories; 0 9.4 0 0 3 Full nutrition

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We made these for a Derby party and they turned out great! Here is the mixture I used: 4 1/2 cups sugar, 4 1/2 cups water for the simple syrup. When i put it together, i used a 1.75 liter of Ke...

It is perfect--we followed the "cook's note" and used 6 cups of water and sugar for the simple syrup.

This recipe is close - I made 6 cups of the simple syrup, based on the comments. I thought it was too sweet with that amount, although the original 3 cups was not sweet enough. As you keep t...

Worked well for New Years, but didn't go as fast as drinks from year's past. We went a bit sweeter. The feedback while good overall included a number of "strong" and "too sweet" comments. We'll ...