The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but the classic combo of bourbon, mint, and a little sugar served over crushed ice is refreshing enough to enjoy all summer long. Serving it in a silver julep cup is traditional, and quite fetching. Bonus: Check out the best Kentucky bourbons to use if you want to keep it on-theme.

This recipe was featured as part of our Kentucky Derby Day menu.

  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (4)

  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup or superfine sugar
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Crushed ice


  1. Muddle 12 to 20 mint leaves with simple syrup or sugar in a silver julep cup, then pour in bourbon.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice, and garnish with more mint leaves.