Not heading to Churchill Downs this year? It’s easy to make your own Classic Mint Julep recipe at home!
I’ve always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby. I think it’s less about horses and more about getting dressed up and wearing a fancy hat. Oh, and drinking a Classic Mint Julep.
Someday I’ll get there. In the meantime, I’ll make myself a Classic Mint Julep at home.
The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Every year, almost 120,000 mint juleps are served during the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Isn’t that insane?! That’s a lot of bourbon!
I’ve never been the biggest bourbon fan, but in the last few years it’s grown on me as Tim loves it and is always making different bourbon cocktails for me to try. (Sidebar: He SO needs to start his own cocktail blog!)
Of course, it was Tim who made this Classic Mint Julep recipe for me. He’s the bartender in our house and loves preparing classic cocktails and twists on classic cocktails.
We didn’t mess with the Mint Julep.
Mint Julep Ingredients
Bourbon. Simple Syrup. Mint. Crushed ice. It’s easy to make the Classic Mint Julep at home and it makes a strong, but refreshing cocktail.
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at home with this recipe!
How to Make the Classic Mint Julep RecipePrint
Classic Mint Julep Recipe
It’s easy to make the Classic Mint Julep recipe at home with just a few simple ingredients!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
- 2.5 ounces bourbon
- 0.5 ounces simple syrup
- 5–7 mint sprigs
- crushed ice
- Muddle the mint sprigs with the simple syrup at the bottom of a julep cup*
- Fill half way with crushed ice. Add bourbon and stir.
- Fill remaining half cup with crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.
*Mint Juleps are traditionally served in pewter or silver cups . The photograph above shows a modern copper mint julep cup. (affiliate links). If you don’t have a traditional Mint Julep cup, use whatever highball glass you have.
- Serving Size: 1 cocktail
- Calories: 156
- Sugar: 7 grams
- Carbohydrates: 7 grams
This year (2018) the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo share a date. Don’t love the Classic Mint Julep? Then make the best margarita ever!