Classic Cocktails: Mint Julep

July 23, 2014, In: Cocktails, Drawing
Classic Cocktails: Mint Julep

Copyright 2014 Denise Johnson. Do not reproduce without permission.

The first Mint Julep appeared in print in 1803. According to Cocktail Times, it was described as a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.” Originally a morning drink, it was sipped by farmers awakening at dawn. Bourbon, sugar and mint… that’s sure to kick start your day!

Today when you think Mint Julep, you think Kentucky Derby and big fancy hats. Churchill Downs made the julep popular by offering it in a signature 75 cent souvenir glass. Today they serve over 80,000 juleps, that’s a lot of bourbon!


  • Leaves from 4–5 mint sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • Sprig of mint for garnish


  • Place mint leaves in the bottom of a pre-chilled glass.
  • Add sugar and crush slightly with a muddler.
  • Pack glass with finely cracked ice.
  • Pour bourbon over the ice.
  • Stir briskly until the glass frosts.
  • Add more ice and stir again before serving.
  • Garnish with sprig of mint.

Drink up, no fancy hat required. 🙂

Prints of my mint julep illustration are available in my print shop!.

Salute, Denise

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