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Mint Julep

Sit back and enjoy the summer with this mint julep recipe. It's been refreshing thirsty racegoers in the American South since the 18th century.

The first mention of a mint julet was in the late 18th century, and it was described being used to alleviate what was likely a stomach ulcer or severe stomach upset — neither of which respond too well to alcohol.

You can substitute brandy or even gin to create slightly different drinks, and various mint juleps have been described over the years, including those using claret. However, the original mint julep recipe has a distinctly American feel.

Mint Julep


  • A highball glass
  • 1 double shot of Maker's Mark bourbon
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of icing sugar or caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • Ice
  • Sprig of mint to garnish

How to serve it

  • Fill the highball glass with ice and pour in the icing sugar, the water and the mint leaves.
  • Stir them together vigorously for around 10 seconds, and then pour in the whiskey.
  • Finish it off with a sprig of mint on top.