Mint Juleps


Turn a homemade simple syrup into a mint julep cocktail with this easy recipe that's perfect for Kentucky Derby viewing! The proper way to serve a mint julep is in a frozen silver goblet, but if you don't have one, just use the most elegant glass you have. Serve the cocktails on a silver platter with short straws. You can make the simple syrup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


Mint Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves


  • 8 cups crushed ice, or as needed

  • 32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon

  • 8 sprigs fresh mint for garnish


  1. Make the simple syrup: Bring water, sugar, and chopped mint to a boil over high heat in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves.

  2. Make the cocktails: Fill eight glasses with crushed ice; pour 4 ounces bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup into each cup. (Add extra syrup for anyone with a sweet tooth.) Top each drink with a mint sprig.

    close up view of Mint Juleps cocktails in metal glasses garnished with mint leaves
    The Gruntled Gourmand


If you are using silver goblets, chill them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving. Handle frozen goblets with a clean towel, holding them by their edges so you don't mar the lovely frosted surface.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of simple syrup. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

473 Calories
50g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 473
% Daily Value *
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Protein 0g
Potassium 14mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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