Mint Julep


  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • crushed ice
  • 2 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • splash of simple syrup (recipe below)
  • sprig mint (for garnish)


– Put the mint leaves and the sugar in the bottom of a tall glass

– With the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash the leaves to extract the flavor

– Fill the glass with crushed (not cubed) ice

– Pour in the bourbon and top with a splash of simple syrup

– With a long-handled spoon, jiggle to chill and mix

– Garnish with a sprig of mint


Make the simple syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Yield: About 1 ½ cups

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