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close up of three mint julep cocktails garnished with fresh mint

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 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mint julep, bourbon cocktail, classic cocktail, mint bourbon drink
Servings: 1 (multiply as needed)
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


  • 7 pieces fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 2 sugar cubes or 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ oz bourbon of choice
  • crushed ice


  • 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.


  • 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
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