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Mint Julep

The Mint Julep cocktail was first prepared and enjoyed in America in the middle of the 19th century. At that time, the cocktail consisted of brandy, rum, peach liqueur and mint. In the more modern recipe, however, bourbon whiskey is usually found. This is why the drink may also be called a whiskey julep in some places. The julep originated in the American South and continues to win over critics around the world. Learn our simple recipe and enjoy the Mint Julep at home!

Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

  • 6 cl bourbon whiskey
  • 2 bar spoons icing sugar
  • 2 cl soda water
  • 15 mint leaves
  • Crushed ice

Step by Step Guide

  1. Place icing sugar and soda in a tumbler or copper mug and stir with a bar spoon.
  2. Add the whiskey and mint to the tumbler or copper mug and top with crushed ice.
  3. Stir everything gently and then serve.
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Recipe by Chris

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First put the icing sugar in a tumbler or copper mug with soda water and stir it quickly. Stir until the icing sugar has completely dissolved. Then add the whisky and the mint leaves to the glass. The mint leaves should be “clapped on” once beforehand. To do this, place the mint in the palms of your hands and gently clap several times.

This allows the full aroma of the mint to develop. Then fill the cup with crushed ice and stir well with a bar spoon. After stirring, keep adding ice until the beaker is completely filled. Before serving, you can decorate the drink with mint leaves and/or dust it with icing sugar.

Bar Accessories:

  • Copper mug
  • Bar spoon
  • Crushed ice

This is what the Mint Julep tastes like!


40 Reviews

The drink tastes incredibly fresh, sweet and minty. In combination with the smoky sweetness of the bourbon whiskey, this drink should not be missing at any summer or beach party. Of course, the drink can also be found in extravagant cocktail bars or restaurants.

Tips for the perfect Mint Julep

Fresh mint leaves

When preparing this cocktail, be sure to use fresh mint leaves. Ideally, cut or pluck the leaves shortly before preparing the drink. The taste is much fresher and more aromatic.

Rye Whiskey

Are you looking for a very special taste experience? Then try the mint julep with a rye whiskey. The flavour of this whiskey is much edgier and more intense than bourbon. As a result, it harmonises very well with the other ingredients. Try it out and convince yourself of its pleasantly edgy taste.


The mint drink is one of the oldest cocktails ever. The drink was already prepared when the word “cocktail” did not yet exist. Old records show that the drink was already being consumed in America in the 18th century, especially in the southern states. At that time, however, rum or brandy was preferred to whiskey because of its miserable quality.

The cocktail was traditionally drunk in the morning, with breakfast. In fact, drinking alcoholic beverages in the morning was something quite normal in the 18th century. Cocktails were used in the morning to “strengthen manhood”. Senator Henry Clay brought the mint julep from the southern states to the northern states and to Washington D. C. To this day, the mint julep has established itself on the cocktail menus of almost every bar in the world and it is impossible to imagine life without it.

The meaning of the word

The word “mint julep” is composed of the English word “mint” and the presumably Persian word “julap” or “gulapa”. Freely translated, mint julep means something like “minty rose water”. Unfortunately, it is still not known why an Arabic word is used for an American cocktail.

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Mint Julep - FAQ

How do you prepare a Mint Julep?

First mix icing sugar with water in a glass. Add whisky and mint, as well as crushed ice, and stir the mixture well. Then you can serve the drink.

What is a mint julep?

Mint Julep is a well-known and high-class whisky cocktail that is appreciated and honoured all over the world. It is easy to prepare and has a harmonious, fruity taste.

What does the Mint Julep Cocktail taste like?

The Mint Julep is characterised by slightly sweet notes, but is also strongly influenced by the taste of whisky. Therefore, if you want to define the taste of the Mint Julep, it depends above all on the taste of the whisky.

When was the Mint Julep invented?

The mint julep is said to have been invented as early as the 18th century, but at that time with brandy instead of whisky. Moreover, at that time the drink was preferably enjoyed in the morning as “breakfast”.