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How to Make the Perfect Mint Julep

How to Make the Perfect Mint Julep

There’s no other cocktail recipe worth sharing on this 2017 Kentucky Derby Week. Of course, the Mint Julep is the quintessential cocktail of all summer parties in the Southern U.S., in short, the warm weather means of choice to enjoy our beloved bourbon.

As the Signature Drink of Churchill Downs, over 80,000 Mint Juleps are expected to be served this upcoming weekend, giving you plenty of motivation to mix one for yourself while you watch the pre Kentucky Derby festivities and the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” this Saturday.

Thanks to our resident Cocktail Expert, Mitchell Earrey of Livingston Cellars, for sharing his recipe for the perfect Mint Julep.


Mint Julep Recipe

Recipe makes a single cocktail.


  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Tippleman’s Burnt Sugar Syrup
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed ice


  • Pour Tippleman’s Burnt Sugar Syrup into a Julep cup and add 6 of the 8 mint leaves.
  • Gently muddle the leaves in the cup with the syrup.
    (You only want to release the essential oils from the mint, there’s no need to demolish the mint leaves. If you do not own a bar muddler, you can gently roll the mint between your palms in a circular motion until you can feel the oils being released and then drop the mint into the cup with the syrup.)
  • Add the bourbon, fill cup halfway with crushed ice, and stir.
  • Finish by filling the cup the rest of the way with ice.
  • Garnish with the remaining 2 mint leaves.

Mitchell’s Notes:

Tippleman’s Burnt Sugar Syrup is kettle-cooked in small batches with organic cane sugar in North Charleston, South Carolina. While regular simple syrup will make a good Mint Julep, using Tippleman’s will add a depth and complexity to your cocktail that will not only compliment the aged bourbon, but it will also create an incredible Mint Julep. Cheers!

LivingstonCellars-logoYou can find the Tippleman’s syrup at Livingston Cellars, as well as other small batch tonics, shrubs, tinctures and bitters to elevate your cocktail craft. They are located at 1150 Old Cedars Lane, Suite B in the Town of Livingston. They can be reach at (601) 879-3671 or online at