Classic Mint Julep

A classic bourbon refresher, associated with the cuisine of the American South used to celebrate Kentucky Derby Day. Sweetened with syrup and complimented by refreshing mint, the spirit-forward drink is an ideal drink for warmer afternoons or evenings.

Original recipes didn’t include bourbon or mint – just rum, water and sugar and although commonly thought of as old-school plantation drinks it originated as a city-slicker’s drink.



  • 6-8 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp sugar syrup
  • 3 measures bourbon whisky
  • crushed ice
  1. For a single serving start by combining the sugar syrup and mint leaves into a small glass and mash with a spoon.
  2. Add the crushed ice and stir to combine with the syrup and mint.
  3. Pour bourbon over ice and decorate with remaining mint leaves.