Betty's Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

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Dec. 22, 2012

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a Mint Julep. Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, which is a thoroughbred horse race, run at Churchill Downs the first Saturday of May each year, since 1875. This recipe is very close to the one that is served at Churchill Downs.


Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Water 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Fresh mint leaves 11 (5+ 6 additional)
Crushed ice 1 Cup (16 tbs) (dry and not melted)
Bourbon whiskey 2 Ounce
Mint sprig 1



1. In a small pot, combine sugar, water, and 5 fresh mint leaves. Place the pot on medium-high heat and bring it to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and let it boil for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove the pot from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Pop it in refrigerator overnight.

3. Place an old fashioned glass in the freezer to chill.


4. In chilled glass, add 1 tablespoon of mint-infused simple syrup.

5. Drop 6 fresh mint leaves and muddle. Fill glass with dry crushed ice, about ¾ of the way up.

6. Pour whiskey over the crushed ice.


7. Garnish with fresh mint sprig , add a straw and serve immediately.


You can adjust the amount of whiskey depending on your taste.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Servings: 1

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 545Calories from Fat 2

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat %

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 19 mg0.79%

Total Carbohydrates 104 g34.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 100 g

Protein %

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet