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Traditional Mint Julep

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 1
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If you've never had a traditional mint julep, be sure to include this easy recipe at your next Derby Day party or summer gathering. Make the mint syrup in advance and cocktail prep will be a breeze. MORE + LESS -

Arlene Cummings
July 15, 2014

Ingredients

Mint Simple syrup

1
cup sugar
1
cup water
1
bunch fresh mint, torn into pieces

Cocktail

1 1/2
oz Kentucky Whisky
1
oz mint syrup
Fresh mint for garnish
8
oz glass or silver cup filled with crushed ice

Steps

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  • 1
    To make the mint simple syrup, add the water and the sugar to a small saucepan and boil for 1 to 2 minutes stirring until sugar is dissolved. Muddle mint slightly to release natural oils, stir it into the syrup mixture. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Fill an 8-oz glass with crushed ice. Pour in the whisky and give it a good stir. Then top with the mint syrup and a few sprigs of fresh mint.
  • 3
    Enjoy slowly (and responsibly).

Expert Tips

The mint syrup can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for several days.

There is enough syrup to make several drinks.

Be sure to just make one drink at a time so the crushed ice doesn’t melt too quickly.

Traditionally this drink is served in a silver cup but if you can’t find one a glass will work fine.

Nutrition Information

No nutrition information available for this recipe

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