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How To Make A Mint Julep

How To Make A Mint Julep Recipe This is a refreshing cocktail to mix, serve, and sip to celebrate the warm weather. 

Mint Julep

Mint Cocktail 

Lt. Dan is popping in today to share a refreshing cocktail with you…

Mrs. Spicy has finally let me take on a blog post that is a little different from what you are used to here on A Spicy Perspective.

I will be sharing random thoughts but focused mostly on stuff for guys. Expect to see killer cocktail recipes, some of my favorite restaurants and bars, features on many of my favorite “guy items”.

Ladies, hopefully you will get some great man-gift ideas, places to send or go with your man, cocktails to enjoy with your man, and witty commentary.

Men, we want you to feel welcome here. ASP is for all of us.

Mint Julep recipe

Julep Drink

One of our good friends works with a company that you are familiar with as a reader of A Spicy Perspective – Barn Light Electric Company. If you recall, Barn Light is the company that we chose to replace all of the lighting in our kitchen remodel.

This friend, who knows my affection for interesting cocktail receptacles, recently introduced me to a new product being offered by Barn Light. These retro Moscow Mule Copper Cocktail Cups are super cool. Immediately after seeing them, I asked when could I have a few to start making cocktails!

After getting my set, I began trying concoctions out… Not only do they hold your favorite beverage, but they look amazing.

These cups (and bowls) are made here in the USA out of solid copper.

So, upon trying several cocktails (including Moscow Mules), I knew the right one to feature these gorgeous cups would be a classic Mint Julep recipe.

What could be better than the simple mixture of fresh mint, sugar, and quality bourbon?! Now I understand you have probably been to a Derby party and had some version of a Mint Julep recipe. I bet you have even had one with some type of green-colored mint liqueur and powdered sugar.

No offense, but these cups are better than that. Frankly, YOU’RE better than that!

A Mint Julep recipe should be all about the bourbon, with a hint of fresh mint and concentrated simple syrup (I like demerara or turbinado sugar – 2 parts sugar to 1 part water). So this recipe (courtesy of my buddy Jon) is a classic that after a few will have you wanting to throw a few Benjamin’s down on the horse in lane 6!

mint julep ingredients

Mint Julep Ingredients 

  • Fresh Mint Leaves – Brings in a pop of fresh cool herbaceous flavor 
  • Concentrated Simple Syrup – Sweetens the cocktail 
  • High Proof BourbonI prefer 4 Roses or Bulleit
  • Shaved Ice – To chill your drink 
  • Mint Leavesfor garnish
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How to Make a Mint Julep

This cocktail recipe is really as easy as counting to 3:

  1. Muddle The Mint. Put the mint leaves in a cocktail glass and add in the simple syrup. Lightly muddle the mint leaves and syrup, making sure to not crush the leaves too much.  
  2. Mix in Alcohol and Ice. Add the bourbon and then the ice to the glass and use a bar spoon to lightly stir in the mixture to the ice.
  3. Garnish. Top the delicious cocktail with some mint leaves and enjoy! 

Get the Complete (Printable) How To Make A Mint Julep Recipe Below. Enjoy!

what is in a mint julep

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to muddle the mint leaves?

The word muddle comes from the action of pressing the ingredients against the side of a glass with a muddler. It releases the flavor into the beverage. 

What kind of mint is used for a mint julep?

The typical garden-variety mint leaf is usually peppermint or spearmint, but you can also try other types of mint leaves if you are adventurous enough to test them out! 

How do I choose the best bourbon?

This cocktail does best with a bourbon that has more of a kick to it, to balance out the mint and simple syrup. Because this is a bourbon-forward cocktail, select a bourbon you could sip on its own, not a cheaper bottle that might be used for cooking or fruity mixed drinks. Also, many people and bartenders say the best bourbons have been aged for at least 4 years. 

Where Do I Find Shaved Ice?

If you do not have a shaved ice machine or an ice maker that crushes ice, you can either buy small “soda fountain” ice from a local fast-food restaurant or market or place larger ice cubes in a zip bag and crush with a hammer.

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How To Make A Mint Julep (Recipe)

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Perfect Mint Julep Recipe for spring.
Servings: 1 Mint Julep


  • 5 – 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 ounce concentrated simple syrup
  • 2 ounces high proof bourbon I prefer 4 Roses or Bulleit
  • Shaved ice
  • Mint leaf for garnish


  • Put mint leaves in bottom of copper cups and add simple syrup. Lightly muddle the simple syrup and mint. (Do not crush, just cover mint leaves with syrup and allow essence of mint to mix).
  • Add bourbon, then ice. Use a bar spoon to lightly stir the mixture into ice.  Garnish top with mint leaves.



Serving: 1drink, Calories: 158kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 63mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 465IU, Vitamin C: 3.5mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Sommer Collier

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  3. This is so refreshing!! My husband loved it!

  4. This was one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever tasted!

  5. This is so good it is going to be my happy hour go to drink! love it!

  6. I’d love to try this Mint Julep recipe in the cups.

  7. An old fashioned would be great!

  8. Love the copper cups!

  9. I would make an actual Moscow Mule. (my neighbor has a lime tree!)

  10. Why a Moscow Mule of course!

  11. Love the copper!

  12. mint juleps of course!

  13. Cute cups!

  14. I’m picturing them with mini ice cream sundaes….

  15. MOJITOS!!

  16. Something with an amazing color! :)

  17. I love a good mojito but I may have to try a mint julep as well!

  18. I’m not sure yet what to do! MOst likely though the first things will be milk because my kids will be begging to use them!

  19. I think the real question is, what WON’T I use these for? Because I will be using them for everything!!

  20. I did not like Mint Juleps the last time I tried them but you make me want to try again!

  21. Definitely going to try the mint julep!

  22. Moved to a wonderful country Georgia home with a beautiful front porch and told my husband that I need to learn how to make a Mint Julep!!!!now I know how..thanks

  23. I have a big jar of strawberry-infused vodka in the freezer that I made this summer, so I’d make some strawberry Moscow Mules!

  24. Moscow Mules… of course!

  25. Hard Lemonade

  26. I’m always looking to try new drinks…this mint julep looks delicious! But, I would probably use these amazing copper mugs for my favorite drink, the moscow mule. Maybe even a cucumber mule.

  27. Mint Julep! your recipe looks great!

  28. I am going to take the experts advice and will serve the Mint julep. :)

  29. Definitely Moscow Mules – I love them!

  30. Moscow Mule for sure – I’m newly obsessed after trying them for the first time a month or so ago!

  31. I might serve your mint julep!

  32. I’d have to inaugurate the cups with a mint julep!

  33. We love to make Moscow Mules in copper mugs! Looking forward to trying this Mint Julep recipe when the weather breaks! Thanks Sommer!

  34. I have never had a Mint Julep before and I’d probably give that a try!

  35. Mint Julep! Your recipe!

  36. Margaritas

  37. Mint Julep!

  38. I <3 mint juleps.

  39. I plan to make Sommer’s amazing raspberry mojito in these cups for me and serve some ice cream for my kids in theirs!

  40. Oh my goodness Sommer, I think I have had way to many of these at the horse races and rodeos..lol..but I would definitely still start out with ” The Mint Julep” then I would have to try the “Moscow Mule” and I love copper period especially cookware. It is just so expensive but it sure cooks great. The copper cups are beautiful!

  41. My son, and favorite bartender, and his family just moved to New Orleans. I’d take these lovely cups along on our 1st visit this spring and have him make Lt. Dan’s fabulous mint julep in them. Then we’d sit a spell, chat, and catch up on family life. Hmmm, makes me feel happy just to think of it. Thanks for the recipe Lt. Dan, and for giving me something to look forward to during a particularly looong, cold, and snowy Wisconsin winter. :)

  42. The set looks very chic and I would try the mint julip first!

  43. I would christen these glasses with my first mint julep.

  44. I would serve mojitos in them. Yum!

  45. raspberry stoli and 7up

  46. Something made of frozen berries and bananas and maybe ice cream… yum. I’m in a dessert mood.

  47. Moscow Mule would be my first choice. I had totally fogot about the , have not had one in over 30+ years.

  48. Bourbon is our house liquor of choice, and I always keep a pot of fresh mint, so I’ll absolutely be making mint juleps!

  49. root beer floats!!

  50. Love Mint Juleps! I just visited Makers Mark Distillery so I have plenty of Bourbon. Just need those copper cups!

  51. never had a mint julep but would love to try it these cups

  52. I love mint juleps but rarely make them, thanks for the inspiration once there is mint around again

  53. Love the Moscow Mule! Yummy!

  54. I’ll be serving Mint Juleps, for sure.

  55. White russians.

  56. Those are so cool! Any drink with bourbon, it’s a favorite in our house, might have to try your mint julep, have never made one before.

  57. I follow you on Twitter.

  58. Def making this mint julep recipe with some homegrown mint from my garden.

  59. It’s so nice to finally meet you. I know I’m not a man, but I love me a good cocktail and was super excited to hear about your weekly segment. Bourbon is one of my favorites, and mixed with mint–yum! Love those “manly” copper cups. Yes, I am better than the plastic cup. I’m a firm believer that cocktails taste better when enjoyed from a purdy, I mean manly, cup. Can’t wait for more!

  60. I’m making your mint julep recipe first. Gosh I’m thirsty now!

  61. Pinas coladas :)

  62. We moved to KY two years ago and haven’t tried mint juleps yet. As soon as my mint comes up we’ll need to try these. Have you tried Buffalo Trace bourbon? It’s my husband’s new favorite.

  63. These cups are meant for a Moscow Mule!

  64. Never tried a mint julep but I think I would love to try it in new cups

  65. I would make a big old bourbon on the rocks in those cups!

  66. I love these cups! The recipe isn’t bad, either! Let’s hear it for Lt. Dan and some good Kentucky bourbon.

  67. I would probably make my hubby a mint julep! Love these cups.

  68. I would serve a non-alcoholic version

  69. I would love to make a Fuzzy’s Checkered Flag Lemonade and pour it in these lovely cups.

  70. I’d pour a margarita in ’em.

  71. I love the Moscow Mule cocktail so that is what I would serve.

  72. If I were to win these cups I would use 2 for drinking different varieties of tea and would use the other 2 for decorative touches in the house. I have a copper ceiling fan in my “main” room, so they may end up being used there. So many ways I could use these copper cups.

  73. Love this new series! Fabulous idea…and we’re happy to have you Lt. Dan!

  74. I’ll have a margarita, please :)

  75. These Barn Light Copper Cups are gorgeous. I can’t wait to try your Mint Julep and serve it in these cups. :)

  76. rum and coke sounds good

  77. I think I would serve a nice cuppa Perrier for starters in these lovely cups u are gifting……… thank you for all these great recipes and give-aways too~~

  78. It would definitely be your Mint Julep’s!

  79. I *love* these! So cute. I’d definitely rock a few mint juleps for my annual Southern Summer Party :)

  80. This mint julep looks great, I would make this first!

  81. This Mint Julep sounds delicious!! The fresh mint is probably what makes it taste so good. Thanks for sharing!

  82. I’d probably be super classy and drink wine out of them. :0) I’ve seriously been looking for cups like these for a while now, so now if I don’t win, I’ll at least know where I can get them!

  83. just noticed you brand of bourbon, have never seen 4 Roses or Bulleit, will have to check them out – hubby’s fav is Wild Turkey 101 – I like Knob Creek

  84. I follow you on Pinterest

  85. Hello, Lt. Dan! This sounds fabulous. Now just bring on the warmer weather! :)

  86. I follow you on Facebook

  87. I’ve been craving some warm weather so I would probably serve some nice caipirinhas in those!

  88. would definitely love to win these – mint juleps bring back memories of my first one at a Kentucky Colonels picnic the day after the Derby back in 1968! Ah, the memories of that day and what fun we had.

  89. Moscow mules of course, though a brandy old-fashioned wouldn’t go a miss.

  90. Mmmmoscow mules!

  91. a moscow mule for sure! and tons of other herb infused drinks. Kind of obsessed with them now!

  92. I am a recent convert to Moscow Mules – I have always wanted those copper mugs, gorgeous!

  93. Lemonade!

  94. So many yummy drinks to choose from. I’ve never tried a julep so I guess I would start there.

  95. hennessy and ginger ale!

  96. Most likely Mint Juleps but I would also like to try a Moscow Mule!

  97. Looks delish and I also love Moscow Mules. Thanks for sharing!

  98. Either a mint julep or my jalapeno vodka lemonade!

  99. I would love a simple whiskey on ice!

  100. Those are such cups and the drink looks so refreshing. I think I would love to serve some Jalapeno lemonade.

  101. A Mint julep and the cups would look great with the copper I’ve collected all these years.

  102. moscow mule please!

  103. i have a recipe for bourbon slush that a coworker gave me. would love to serve it up in these cups! thanks for the opportunity!

  104. I think a Pimm’s cup would be first on the list, and very closely followed by either a Moscow Mule or a Dark & Stormy! Gorgeous cups!

  105. Colorado Mules with bourbon from the local distillery!

  106. Just a classic moscow mule for me!

  107. Mint julep, of course

  108. Bourbon + ginger ale and honey! No idea what the proper name is, but doesn’t it sound refreshing?

  109. Funny! A co-worker and I were just talking about how delicious Moscow Mules are. I hope I win!!

  110. I love to add bicardi 151 to strawberry lemonaid!

  111. some country time lemonade

  112. I’ll be serving mojitos.

  113. Love these cups! Would be perfect for serving drinks during the summer!

  114. I’m not much of a drinker but, my husband is. I think Brian would love to try this Mint Julep.

  115. I’d love pimms cup in those beautiful copper cups.

  116. Moscow mules for sure! Would love to try the mint julep! These would be a great addition to my bar cart ;)

  117. I would love to try the mint julep.

  118. Mmmmm, Bourbon…!

  119. Beautiful! These would look great at my annual Derby Party!

  120. Going to fill these gorgeous cups with a Mexican Mule – made with premium tequila.

  121. Thank you for this great true recipe! First off if I win these, the mint julep will be the first I make! Then of course my rum & coke will be great in them! Thank you for the chance of winning!

  122. Oh yum! It is almost the mint julip season!! And I love Four Roses!! Such a fun place to visit!!

  123. I will definitely make a moscow mule in those gorgeous cups!

  124. What a great giveaway! I’ll be using these in my own food photography, and I’d love to serve up a Burbon drink!

  125. I would make a Pineapple Julep.

  126. gorgeous! Love this southern cocktail

  127. I sure do miss living in Kentucky! For whatever reason, you don’t see mint juleps offered very often in south Alabama. We need to change that don’t you think? :-)

  128. Southern Comfort old-fashioneds. Yum.

  129. This makes me ready for May 3rd

  130. nice post – a mint julep would help think of Spring among all the snow in CT

  131. Some kind of spring drink

  132. Great post Lt. Dan! This looks like a great Mint Julep!

  133. definitely a moscow mule! thanks.

  134. Pimm’s cups!