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American, Southern
Classic Mint Juleps Recipe-18900

Photo by: © Ben Fink, from Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations, Rizzoli, 2010
Comments: 0


Kelly Forsberg

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

Yield: Makes 12 drinks


  • 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.


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

© 2009 The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Florence Fabricant

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

214kcal (11%)
14mg (1%)
1mg (1%)
12mcg RAE (0%)
0mg (0%)
14mg (1%)
0g (0%)
0g (0%)
1mg (4%)

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