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Mint julep recipe


Basically a whiskey sling (a drink with spirits, sugar, and water) with crushed ice instead of water, this is the drink that launched mixology. Simple, elegant, and, most importantly, cold, it comes with an aromatic mint garnish that one inhales as one sips the sweetened bourbon.


  • ¾ fl oz (20 ml) simple syrup*
  • 2 fl oz (60 ml) bourbon whiskey
  • 3 large mint sprigs, for garnish


For the simple syrup

  1. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and heat, stirring, until the sugar fully dissolves. For rich simple syrup, use two parts sugar to one part water. Simple syrup will keep for 3–4 weeks in a tightly lidded jar in the refrigerator; rich simple syrup, stored the same way, will keep for up to 4 months.

For the sidecar

  1. Pour the simple syrup into a julep cup or old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Stir well. Add the bourbon and stir until a film of ice forms on the exterior of the cup. Garnish with the mint sprigs.


Juleps can be made with spirits other than bourbon. In fact, peach brandy was the earlier basis for the drink, but your favourite spirit — gin, Cognac, and even fortified wines like sherry and port — will work here, too.

A recipe from The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book (White Lion Publishing). Buy the book here.

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