The Mint Julep has a rich history that dates back to the 18th century, where it was first enjoyed as a medicinal tonic before becoming a popular cocktail in the Southern United States. Today, it’s the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, a horse race that’s held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, and is synonymous with Southern hospitality and charm.
Whether you’re enjoying it at a Derby party, a backyard barbecue, or just sitting on your porch swing, the Mint Julep is the perfect way to beat the summer heat and unwind with a delicious cocktail.
2 oz bourbon
1 oz Backyard Pure Cane cocktail syrup
4-5 sprigs of fresh mint
Mint sprigs for garnish
- Place the fresh mint leaves at the bottom of a julep cup or a tall glass. Gently muddle the leaves to release the oils.
- Add the bourbon and pure cane simple syrup to the glass and stir to combine.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir until the outside of the glass becomes frosty.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately.