Mint Julep recipes: The classic and a modern twist


by Amy Stallings

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 17 at 4:21 PM

Woodford Reserve ® Mint Julep Recipe, The “Classic” Mint Julep
From Master Distiller Chris Morris

3-5 mint leaves
1t Powdered Sugar
2t Water
2 - 2 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Crushed Ice

Muddle (stir/gentle crush) four mint springs and sugar in the bottom of a julep glass. Add water and continue to muddle. Add Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Pack the julep glass with crushed ice. Add a mint spring for decoration and sipping straw.

If a metal julep cup is used, be sure to use a wooden muddler (bottom of a wooden spoon) instead of metal spoon. This will eliminate the possibility of any metal shavings getting into the drink or scratching the julep cup.

The “10-Second Mint Julep”

Made with Early Times Mint Julep, the “Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®” for the past 22 years
Pour Early Times Mint Julep pre-mix over crushed ice in a rocks glass or a julep cup. Garnish with a sprig of mint. 

Mint Julep for Many
2 ounces Woodford Reserve
*1 ounce Simple Mint Syrup
Crushed Ice
*Make mint simple syrup by combining 1 part water, 1 part sugar 1 part loosely packed fresh mint.  Bring sugar and water to a boil while stirring to dissolve.  Add mint and take off of heat.  Let stand for 20 minutes then strain into a tempered glass, let cool and refrigerate until ready to use

The Frozen Mint Julep
In a blender with ice mix:  
4 mint leaves
4 oz of Woodford Reserve Bourbon
4oz sweet and sour mix
Blend until smooth and pour into a tall glass and garnish with mint sprig

Flavored Juleps

Add 1/2 ounce of raspberry or peach flavored syrup to the traditional Mint Julep recipe from Chris Morris or the 10-second Mint Julep.