Derby Day Mint Juleps

May 3, 2018
Recipe by: Randy Manoni

Let me set the scene:  Its Saturday afternoon and the Kentucky Derby starts in a few hours.  Your guests start to arrive and you pull a silver platter out from your kitchen with 8 perfect mint juleps arranged nicely.  One by one your friends take a glass off the tray, take a sip and you watch a large smile form on their face. 

With this Derby Day Mint Julep recipe, you can feel all the joy of offering something truly great to your friends, whether it’s the first Saturday in May or a steamy Thursday evening in August. 

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 8 drinks
Difficulty: Easy


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 32 oz Kentucky Bourbon
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish
 Print Recipe


  1. Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small Swiss Diamond saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour.
  3. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves.
  4. Fill eight julep glasses with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each.
  5. Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw (trimmed to be only slightly taller than the rim of the glass)