Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

The mint julep is a simple, yet classic southern cocktail beloved throughout Louisiana.

Mint Julep recipe from Houmas House Plantation in Louisiana

Houmas House Plantation's recipe for Mint Juleps

Even if you’ve never tasted a mint julep, this cocktail is so popular and iconic, you’d recognize its signature look from afar — a stainless steel or copper cup filled with ice and amber liquor, garnished with a fragrant, fresh sprig of mint.

In Louisiana, there’s nothing like relaxing on an outdoor patio with friends and family and a round of this classic southern cocktail. After a day in the hot sun, an ice-cold mint julep — spicy bourbon, honeyed simple syrup and cool, invigorating mint — melts away your fatigue.

One of the reasons to love mint juleps — aside from their delicious and refreshing taste — is how easy they are to make and customize to your taste. Bourbon whiskey is the traditional spirit; however, it’s not unusual to find recipes that call for rye or Scotch whiskey. Jazz it up with different types of mint like peppermint, chocolate mint, apple mint or lemon mint. Add some bubbles with a splash of club soda.

Looking for a place to sip on this southern refreshment? Try Frank’s Louisiana Kitchen in Shreveport or Olive or Twist in Baton Rouge. Like your drinks on the sweet side? Try this recipe from the Houmas House Plantation which calls for rum instead of bourbon.

Mint Julep Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • Crushed ice 
  • 2 ounces bourbon (for a Houmas House twist, use rum) 
  • Splash of club soda
  • Sprig of mint for garnish 

Method of Preparation:

  1. Put the mint leaves and the syrup in the bottom of a tall glass.
  2. With the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash the leaves to extract the flavor. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
  3. Pour in the bourbon and top off the glass with club soda. With a long-handled spoon, stir to chill and mix.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Recipe courtesy of Houmas House.

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