Home · Recipes Classic Mint Julep Author: Maryanne CabreraPublished: Jul 11, 2017Updated: Apr 28, 2022 View Recipe4 ReviewsThis post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. The mint julep is a classic bourbon cocktail. Simply made with bourbon, sugar, mint, and ice, it’s a popular summer beverage! We celebrated my birthday yesterday! Alas, this is not my usual tiki celebration drink. (See my version of the zombie for the ultimate tiki cocktail!) For my birthday I’m sharing one of my favorite (and easiest) cocktails to make: the mint julep. Traditionally this cocktail makes its grand appearance during Kentucky Derby season. Why limit it to the month of May? To me, the mint julep is a summer staple. What’s better than a super ice cold beverage to sip on when it’s blazing hot outside? Four Ingredient Cocktail Since the mint julep is made with four ingredients (yes, the ice counts as a vital ingredient), quality of ingredients is an important factor. Use good bourbon, real sugar, ice made from filtered water, and the freshest mint you can find. You’ll need a muddler (this steel muddler is my fav. I’ve had it for many years and it’s still going strong. I can’t say the same for my wooden muddlers). Muddle torn fresh mint with sugar cubes in a mixing glass. Pour in the bourbon and stir. Strain the mixture into a highball glass (or old-fashioned glass) filled with crushed ice. The crushed ice keeps the drink cold, but it also helps to water down the otherwise very potent mixture. Traditionally, this julep strainer is used to strain the cocktail, but I prefer using a standard bar strainer. A trick I learned regarding mint garnishes: slap the bundle of mint in your palms a couple times to help release some mint fragrance. You’ll want the mint to slightly tickle your nose when you drink the cocktail. This will help to enhance the minty of the cocktail even more. Cheers! Mint Julep A classic bourbon cocktail simply made with bourbon, sugar, mint, and ice. Mint julep is a favorite spring and summer beverage! Prep Time: 5 minutes minutesTotal Time: 5 minutes minutes Servings: 1 (multiply as needed) Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate Recipe Ingredients7 pieces fresh mint leaves, torn2 sugar cubes or 2 teaspoons granulated sugar2 ½ oz bourbon of choicecrushed ice Instructions In a mixing glass, muddle together mint leaves and sugar cubes. Add bourbon. Stir to combine. Strain into a serving glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with additional fresh mint. Notes Serve cocktail in a highball or old-fashioned glass. For the traditional route, use a silver or pewter cup. Slap the mint garnish a couple times to help release that minty fragrance Use good quality bourbon and filtered water ice All images and text ©The Little Epicurean Author: Maryanne Cabrera Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanKeyword: mint julep, bourbon cocktail, classic cocktail, mint bourbon drink Did you make this recipe?Show us on Instagram! Tag @littleepicurean and hashtag #littleepicurean.