It's the drink forever associated with the Kentucky Derby.

And it's really easy to make.

If you want to sip on a mint julep while watching the derby this weekend, here's a simple recipe for making the classic cocktail. 

Classic Mint Julep


  • Fresh mint
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2-3 oz Bourbon
  • Ice

Put several mint leaves in the bottom of a glass tumbler. Top with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, fully dissolved). Muddle mint until it starts to bruise and syrup is tinged green. Fill tumbler with ice. Add Bourbon. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.