Kentucky Mint Julep

  • Yield 1 servings

Sit on your front porch on a sultry summer afternoon and sip on one or two of these.


Simple Syrup
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons boiling water
Mint Julep
3 or 4 -- fresh mint leaves
-- Crushed ice
1 ounce 100 proof Kentucky bourbon


  1. For the syrup, combine the sugar and boiling water in a small heatproof bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. For the mint julep, place 3 or 4 mint leaves in a julep glass and add crushed ice.  Press down with a spoon to bruise the leaves.  Add 1 ounce bourbon and 1 tablespoon of the Simple Syrup and mix well.  Pack the glass with additional crushed ice and fill with additional bourbon.  Garnish with additional mint leaves.  Serves 1
  3. Note:  Traditionally, this is served in a frosted silver mint julep cup.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Owensboro’s Home Again, Home Again (Junior League of Owensboro, Kentucky, 2004).




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