The origins of this refreshing cocktail can be traced back to the late 18th century American south. Like most cocktails at the time, the Mint Julep was once believed to contain medicinal qualities. 

The Mint Julep has transformed over the years, having once used rum and brandy as its base liquor, bourbon whisky is now the preferred mixer. 

These days the Mint Julep is more commonly known due to its association with the annual Kentucky Derby where 120,000 are sold each year.


  • 60 ml of Bourbon 
  • Mint Leaves 
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons of water 


  1. Muddle mint leaves, sugar and water in a frosted highball glass.
  2. Fill glass with cracked ice and bourbon.
  3. Stir ingredients. 
  4. Add mint sprig and serve. 

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