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Mint Julep

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A Mint Julep is a classic Southern cocktail traditionally associated with the Kentucky Derby. It is a refreshing drink made with fresh mint leaves, simple syrup, and bourbon. The ingredients are typically combined and served over crushed ice in a silver or pewter cup, garnished with a sprig of mint. The drink is known for its crisp and cooling qualities, making it perfect for warm weather.

Tasting Notes

The first sip of a Mint Julep offers a refreshing burst of mint that is both cooling and invigorating. The minty flavor is balanced by the sweetness of the simple syrup, creating a smooth and pleasant taste. As the drink settles on your palate, the robust and rich notes of the bourbon emerge, adding depth and warmth to the cocktail.

The combination of mint, sugar, and bourbon results in a well-rounded flavor profile that is both satisfying and complex.

As you continue to drink, the flavors meld together, with the mint and bourbon complementing each other beautifully. The sweetness from the simple syrup enhances the natural caramel and vanilla notes of the bourbon, while the crushed ice keeps the drink cold and refreshing.

Each sip provides a perfect balance of sweet, minty, and boozy flavors, making the Mint Julep a delightful and enduring cocktail.

Tips & Tricks

Use a smoked bourbon or add a few drops of liquid smoke to introduce a smoky element to the cocktail.

Muddle in some fresh fruit like strawberries or peaches for a fruity twist on the classic Mint Julep.

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Refreshingly Minty Southern Charm


  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 2.5 oz bourbon


  1. In a steel cup add mint leaves and simple syrup. Muddle well.
  2. Fill cup almost completely with ice.
  3. Pour bourbon on top, stir, and serve.

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