Food and Drink

Flavours of the States: Mint Julep cocktail recipe

Rebecca Harley

15th March 2024

A refreshing Mint Julep cocktail

how to make a mint julep cocktail

The Mint Julep Cocktail first appeared in print in America in 1803, when it was said that the good people of Virginia started each day with one due to its health benefits. Nowadays, the drink is best known for its connection with Louisville and the Kentucky Derby, having become the horse race’s signature drink in 1939.

Prep: 5 minutes
Recipe serves: 1


  • 65ml bourbon
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 12.5ml 2:1 sugar syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnish: sprig of mint



  • To make the 2:1 sugar syrup, dissolve 200g sugar in 100ml water over a low heat and then leave to cool
  • In a Julep cup or rock glass, lightly muddle the mint leaves in the sugar syrup
  • Add the bourbon then pack the glass tightly with crushed ice
  • Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside
  • Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome, and garnish with a mint sprig


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