Bartending/Cocktails/Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail originating in the Southern United States. The word 'julep' is derived from the Persian 'julab' meaning rose water. There are a number of ways of making a mint julep. All are served over crushed ice in a julep glass with a narrow cocktail straw. It is correct to use the straw when drinking this cocktail.

Mint Julep

Flavour Mint
Units 3.5
Standard drinks 2.8
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Mint JulepEdit


  • 4 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 4-6 sprigs of mint
  • 1 tsp sugar


Mint Leaves


Tall glass or Julep cup


  1. Crush the sugar with the sprigs of mint in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice and then add the bourbon. Feel free to add more bourbon to fill the glass, if necessary.
  3. Garnish with remaining mint.
  4. Insert a straw, cutting it to no more than 2 inches (5 cm) above the rim of the glass (allows one to smell the julep while drinking).
  5. Serve.

Mint Julep #2Edit


  • 1 tbs sugar syrup
  • 4-6 sprigs of mint
  • 4 oz bourbon whiskey


  1. To make the sugar syrup, simply heat equal parts sugar and water, then cool.
  2. Add syrup and mint to a glass of crushed ice.
  3. Fill the glass with bourbon and serve.

Some recipes call for making a "mint bourbon" by soaking mint in the bourbon for days before serving. Other recipes call for steeping the mint in the hot water for 5 minutes, then removing it before adding the sugar to make the syrup.