The mint julep has been promoted in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Each year, an estimated 120,000 juleps are served over the two-day period of the derby. If you put more whisky in this, it will make your night a whole lot more fun. However, the drink might not taste as good.




Skill level

Average: 3.7 (3 votes)


  • 8 spearmint leaves, plus extra to garnish
  • 15 ml of sugar syrup
  • 60 ml bourbon whisky

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Add the spearmint to a glass. Add the sugar syrup. Lightly muddle the mint and sugar syrup with the back of a bar spoon.

Add the bourbon and a little crushed ice. Stir until ingredients are combined. Add your straw and cap with crushed ice so that it forms a small dome of ice.

Garnish with 2 mint sprigs.