Mixology at Home – Mint Julep

Did you know that Churchill Downs reportedly makes 120,000 mint juleps during the Kentucky Derby?
Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 8:52 AM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - When you think about the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs, the drink that comes to mind is a Mint Julep.

While this year’s race is history, it is still timely to celebrate the charming southern concoction. National Mint Julep Day was just last Tuesday. And ... it is a great, refreshing summer drink, easy to make with just three ingredients (four if you count the ice).


  • 8 mint leaves (some people prefer spearmint)
  • ¼ oz simple syrup (see recipe)
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • Crushed ice


Put the mint leaves in your palm and slap them a couple of times to wake up the oils. Put them in a tall glass with the simple syrup. Muddle the leaves.

Add bourbon and stir a little before you then add ice to fill the glass, stirring again until the glass is frosted.

Garnish with a mint sprig and a dash of aromatic bitters.


Some recipes call for you to add more crushed ice after stirring, to give the drink an ice dome. I think that is too much ice that turns into water as you sip your Julep.

To experiment a little, you might want to do an 1800s version of a Mint Julep and use gin instead of bourbon.

There is a Julep cup but it really does not matter. I use a Collins glass. You can make the drink in a rocks glass as well.

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