Classic mint julep

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15 min


6 servings

* PLUS Refrigeration Time: 300 minutes


  • 24 large mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups bourbon
  • ice cubes
  • mint sprigs , optional


  • Place mint leaves and sugar in a pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, mash leaves with sugar against side of pitcher to release flavour. Stir in bourbon until sugar dissolves completely. Cover and refrigerate to allow flavours to blend, at least 5 hours or up to half a day. Don’t worry if mint leaves darken because mixture will be strained.
  • Just before serving, fill glasses with ice. Strain bourbon mixture, then pour into glasses. Garnish each with a fresh sprig of mint.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 182,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 1 mg.

Beat the heat with this traditional southern cocktail.