Classic Mint Juleps

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Ben Fink Photography, Inc.

The key here is making the simple syrup in advance and using special short silver julep cups.

As a timesaver, keep a container of simple syrup in the refrigerator to have on hand for cocktails and for sweetening iced tea.

Makes12 drinks



Total Timea day or more

OccasionCocktail Party, game day

Recipe Coursebeverage

Dietary Considerationegg-free, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Textureherby, sweet

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage, beverage, cocktails


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 bunches fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle bourbon
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) chilled club soda, optional


First, make the sugar syrup (simple syrup). Mix the sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, and cook just until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a container, add 1 bunch of the mint, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Remove the mint, draining it well, and discard it.

For each julep, fill a metal julep cup (or an old-fashioned glass) with crushed ice. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the mint syrup and 2 ounces (¼ cup) bourbon. Stir. Add a splash of club soda, if desired, garnish with fresh mint, and serve.



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