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Mint Julep Cocktail

The Honey Mint Julep: A Derby Celebration Classic with a Twist

For a sweet take on the mint julep, this drink uses honey instead of sugar for simple syrup, which mixes well with the Kentucky bourbon for slightly sweet and smoky flavor. For a non-alcoholic version of this julep, simply substitute 4 ounces of ginger ale.

Honey Mint Julep


  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp. hot water
  • 2-1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 oz. bourbon


Add 8 mint leaves to the hot water. Stir until leaves are wilted. Add the honey to the water/mint mixture and stir until well blended. Let the honey mixture cool. Gently crush the mint leaves in the honey with a muddler. Add about a cup of ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the honey mixture to the cocktail shaker. Add the Kentucky Bourbon to the shaker. Shake gently to mix. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour, straining the liquid into the rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with the remaining mint leaves.