Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep Recipe


  • 3 oz Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
  • 1.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 8 Mint Leaves
  • 1 Cup of “crunchy” or crushed ice




Ahhhhh, the mint julep.  A classic that is best enjoyed to the roar of 130,000 people and the thunder of powerful and majestic race horses on the First Saturday in May.  But, I’ll tell you this, you can enjoy a mint julep any time and any place.  It’s a delicious, refreshing, and cooling drink that is loved by the bourbon enthusiast and has converted many a bourbon avoider.

The Mint Julep has been around since the 1700’s.  The word Julep is derived from the Persian word “gulab” which means rose water - a drink which has been popular in Arab countries for centuries.  Originally, rose water was a sweet drink with rose flavor that was used for medicinal purposes, but it has since evolved.

Today’s Mint Julep was certainly innovated in the Southern States.  Records indicate that in the 1800’s, it was common for citizens of states like Virginia to begin the day with a Julep that was made from a sweeter (and more readily and commonly available) liquor, such as brandy or rum.

When Kentucky brought us the greatest 2 minutes on dirt, the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep soon followed as a signature cocktail, as by that time it was becoming a staple refreshment for hot Southern Summers.  Bourbon being the southern icon it is, and the same with horse racing, the Mint Julep quickly joined the rank of staple and has never looked back.


-Start with Preferably a silver/pewter julep cup, or a tall thin glass.

- Muddle the 8 mint leaves in the glass

- add the 3 oz. Of Bourbon

- add the 1.5 oz of Simple Syrup

- Stir

- Add ice to the top of the glass

- Optional: add a mint sprig garnish to the top to complete the look.

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