The Thousand-Dollar Mint Julep

  • Serves

    makes one cocktail


This version of the classic three-ingredient cocktail—which combines three parts bourbon to one part of a simple syrup bracingly infused with fresh spearmint—is sanctioned by the Kentucky Derby itself as their official mint julep recipe.


  • 3 oz. bourbon, like Woodford Reserve
  • 2 tbsp. mint simple syrup
  • 1 sprig mint, for garnish


Step 1

Fill a glass or julep cup with crushed ice. Add bourbon and mint syrup; stir gently until the glass is thoroughly chilled. Garnish with mint sprig.

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