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Authentic mint julep kentucky derby
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Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe - How to Muddle and Mix

Here is a classic mint julep recipe I serve for my Kentucky Derby gathering.  This cocktail has an interesting history with the silver cup used at the derby I think you'll enjoy along with the drink! 

Course Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword bourbon cocktail, fresh mint, Kentucky derby, muddle, whiskey
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 1 serving
Calories 207 kcal


  • 2.5 oz bourbon Woodford Reserve is traditional
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • ½ cup crushed ice

For the simple syrup: ( makes a large batch)

1 cup sugar & ½ cup water


  1. Rinse mint leaves and place in a cocktail glass. Gently muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add bourbon and stir. Enjoy!!!

  2. Simple syrup: Mix water and sugar in a microwaveable glass measuring vessel. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Remove promptly and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe - How to Muddle and Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207
% Daily Value*
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.