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Southern Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

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Adjust Servings:
3 sprigs of fresh mint
1 tsp fine confectioner’s sugar
1 ounce bourbon
1 splash of water
maraschino cherries

Southern Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Learn how to create this Southern staple.

  • Serves 2
  • Easy




While the world continues to have its disagreements, I think one thing we can all agree on is everything tastes better with a little southern flare. With the Kentucky Derby approaching, there is no better time to pull the bourbon out and get your mint julep on. This Southern Mint Julep recipe gives you all of the flavor you love about a mint julep with a little southern flare. Look below at how to mix up your own and be the life of the party!

Look below to see what you will need to make your Southern Mint Julep.

Mint Julep for Kentucky Derby

If you don’t use fresh herbs often, you can easily find them in your grocer’s produce section. They tend to be by the leafy greens such as the lettuce and kale! Only use fresh mint for this recipe, do not use mint flakes or mint flavoring as the result just won’t be the same.

As you can see, this drink is gorgeous! It tastes best if served in a frosted glass. To do this just run your glass under water and place it upside down in your freezer for about an hour. It will be frosty and perfect, and you won’t have to water your drink down with a ton of ice because your glass will do the job of keeping it cold.

Mint Julep Cocktail

You can easily make a batch of these to serve at your next Kentucky Derby party, or even make a mint julep bar so people can make their own! Just set out all of the ingredients and place the recipe in a small frame. Your guests will do the rest! It is a colorful, bold drink that is perfect for sipping on before, during, and of course after your horse (hopefully) wins!

Give this Southern Mint Julep cocktail recipe a try and see how easy it can be to feel like you are at the races!

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In a blender mix the sugar and the mint leaves. If you don’t wish to pull out the blender you can chop the mint leaves up finely and stir in the sugar. “Muddle” the mixture, pressing it with a spoon to release all of the flavors and allow them to meld together.


In a cocktail shaker or in a tall glass mix in the mint/sugar mixture, your bourbon, and a splash of water. A good “splash” is about 1 tablespoon.


Mix the drink well. Pour it over ice and garnish with an additional piece of rinsed mint and of course, your maraschino cherry.

Katie Femia

Katie is the owner of The Homespun Hydrangea, and runs a blog under the same name. She can usually be found out and about scouring thrift stores, with a diet soda in one hand and vintage linens in the other. Always seeing the glass half full, she loves finding new uses for old objects, crafting with her two daughters, and teaching others how to see past the trash and to the treasure.

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