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Derby Mint Juleps

Course Cocktail
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Cocktails
Cook Time 5 minutes
Simple Syrup Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jennifer Gainer


  • Wooden Muddler
  • Craft Ice Mold (optional)


  • 10 Fresh Mint Sprigs, leaves only muddled, save a sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water bring to a boil
  • 2 1/2  oz  Bourbon Whiskey


  • Place the mint leaves and sugar or simple syrup into your julep cup or old fashioned glass.
  • Muddle with a wooden pedestal to dissolve the sugar and release the oil and aroma of the mint. (Gently muddle your mint. The intention is to release the essential oils, not tear the leaves to bits)
  • Pour in the bourbon
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice or craft ice and stir well.
  • Garnish with a full mint sprig, after gently mashing the leaves to release the aromatic oils of the mint. Enjoy!