A fresh twist on a classic mint julep recipe! Made with mint-infused simple syrup, bourbon, and tons of fresh mint, this julep is so bright and springy.
Happy Saturday! Whether you’re a fan of the Kentucky Derby or not, you’ll be a fan of this minty fresh mint julep recipe. It’s so bright and springy! To be honest, I’m going to have a hard time choosing whether to celebrate my weekend with Margaritas or Mint Juleps – maybe I’ll make both.:)
Mint Julep Ingredients
A classic mint julep is made by muddling mint with simple syrup at the bottom of each cocktail glass before adding crushed ice and bourbon. Instead of muddling the mint, I like to make my mint julep by infusing the simple syrup with mint. It makes my mint julep that more minty, plus it’s easier to make for a group, since you can prep the syrup ahead of time.
Making minty simple syrup
Simple syrup is actually simple to make! Just simmer water and sugar in a small saucepan, continuing to stir until the sugar is dissolved. To make it minty, remove the pan from the heat, add the mint and let it steep for 15 minutes to infuse the mint flavor. Strain and chill the minty simple syrup until you’re ready to serve. It can also be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
How to make a mint julep
To make the cocktails, fill each glass with crushed ice, bourbon, and simple syrup. Because I really love lemon, I brighten up my mint julep with a squeeze of lemon. If you’re a mint julep purist, you can skip that step.
Stir and garnish with lots of fresh mint.
Here are some springy bites that I think would pair well with these mint juleps:
- Spinach Artichoke Pizza (I love the touch of fresh mint on top)
- Vegan Pimento Cheese Dip
- Artichoke Avocado Toast or Strawberry Basil Avocado Toast
- Beet Hummus
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- crushed ice
- 2 ounces bourbon
- ½ ounce minty simple syrup, more to taste
- fresh lemon juice, to taste
- fresh mint, for garnish
- Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Add the fresh mint, turn the heat off and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain and chill. The simple syrup can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.
- Assemble the cocktail with crushed ice, bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice. Stir and garnish with fresh mint.