Mint Julep | A Southern Cocktail

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In honor of the Kentucky Derby, I present you with this delicious, refreshing, icy cold…Mint Julep Cocktail! Fresh mint, wee bit of sugar, a dose of bourbon and a generous splash of club soda! Stimulating and refreshing!

Mint Juleps are a longtime tradition for Derby goers, read this fun article on how the Mint Julep came to be the drink of the Kentucky Derby.

How to Make a Mint Julep

If desired, place your cocktail glasses in freezer (or your traditional silver cup) 20-30 minutes before serving so they are icy cold.

How Do you Muddle Mint for a Mint Julep

Assemble your drink by adding your mint leaves and your sugar to the cold glass.

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Muddle your mint and your all natural sugar together.

What is muddling you ask? Different from meddling, you actually want someone to muddle for you! 🙂 It’s gently crushing the mint along with sugar using a muddler (or even the end of a rolling pin or thick wooden spoon should work). Just don’t maul it, this article is quite comical about what can happen if you over-muddle your mint.

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Next pour in a dribble of bourbon, mixing with the minty sugar for a minute, allowing the sugar to dissolve. Pour in a scoop of crushed ice and then pour in the balance of your bourbon.

BAR TIP | No crushed ice? No problem, place ice cubes in a sturdy freezer baggie, I just used the bottom of a cast iron pan and crushed the heck out of it. Or you can place in your blender on the “chop” or “crush” function.

Pouring Bourbon for Cocktail | Mint Julep The Fresh Cooky

Fill the glass with crushed ice and top it off with club soda.

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Garnish with a few mint leaves and serve with a small stirring stick or or cocktail straw.

If you don’t like a strong julep, simply make it in a taller glass, adding more club soda. It is quite strong in a small glass, though not bad! If you want to be traditional, serve it in a chilled silver cup.

Or perhaps you’d like to try an Irish Mule, my take on an Irish Whiskey?

*This post is for adults 21 and older only, please drink responsibly.

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Mint Julep | A Southern Cocktail

Author: Kathleen | The Fresh Cooky
5 from 1 vote
This recipe for a delicious, refreshing, icy cold Mint Julep cocktail is perfect for any celebration or Derby party. Fresh mint, a wee bit of sugar, muddled together with a dose of bourbon and a couple generous splashes of club soda.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Southern
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 323 kcal


  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar, such as Castor sugar
  • 1.5 – 2.5 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • Club Soda
  • Mint sprigs for garnish
  • Crushed Ice


  • If desired, freeze glass(es) for 20-30 minutes prior to serving.
  • Tear off 10 mint leaves and place in bottom of glass, add sugar and muddle gently.
  • Just a few presses and twists should release the minty fragrance and oils, don’t overdo it.
  • Pour in a tablespoon or so of the bourbon and mix gently to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add a scoop of crushed ice, then the balance of bourbon.
  • Top glass off with crushed ice and top with club soda.
  • Garnish with sprig of mint and cocktail straw.
  • Enjoy responsibly.

✱ Kathleen’s Tips


Serving: 1 Calories: 323 kcal Carbohydrates: 18 g Protein: 4 g Fat: 1 g Sodium: 39 mg Fiber: 8 g Sugar: 8 g

Nutrition Disclaimer

The Fresh Cooky is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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