Mint Juleps In Classic Derby Style

Mint Julep cocktail in silver julep cup

Learn how to make your very own Mint Julep!

It’s May and that means Derby Days are upon us. The Jockeys are prepped, the horses are groomed, and the Kentucky Derby is quickly approaching. Whether you’re live at Churchill Downs or throwing your own watch party at home, you’ll need to have this classic cocktail at the ready. Saddle up Bar Cartists, we’re off to the races!

Mint Julep Recipe


  • 2 ounces of bourbon
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • Crushed Ice
  • Silver Julep Cup

Make mint simple syrup by boiling sugar and water for 5 minutes. Cool and pour into a container with 6 to 8 sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Fill a julep cup with crushed ice, add 1 tablespoon of mint simple syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon whiskey. Stir rapidly with a barspoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip and enjoy!

Did you know?
The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Each year, nearly 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice! How’s that for some Mint Julep trivia?

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