Frozen Mint Julep is a refreshing cocktail made with homemade mint simple syrup and bourbon.
It wouldn’t be a Kentucky Derby party without a mint julep! Here is a fun twist on a classic cocktail that will set your party apart from every other Derby party. So put on your party hat and get mixing!
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Blended Mint Julep Ingredients
To make this bourbon cocktail, you will need the following ingredients (scroll down to the recipe below for precise amounts):
- Mint sprigs
Tools Needed to Make This Cocktail
Blender – Any blender that can handle ice will be sufficient.
Strainer – I like this set of fine mesh strainers.
Other Optional Items
Julep Cups – The classic julep cup is so elegant, but you can use any short glasses you have in your cupboard. A stemless wine glass would work perfectly.
What is the Best Bourbon to Use in a Mint Julep?
The best bourbon really comes down to personal preference. My favorites are Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek. Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby takes place.
How to Make a Frozen Mint Julep
This recipe is as easy as blend and serve! I like to prepare the simple syrup ahead of time and store it until I am ready to prepare my cocktails, as it needs time to cool down.
Step 1. Prepare the mint simple syrup
In a small pot over medium heat combine the sugar, water and fresh mint. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, around 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain into a jar. Let it cool down completely.
Step 2. Prepare the frozen mint julep
Add the mint syrup, bourbon and ice to the glass of a blender. Process until smooth.
Pour into glasses and garnish with mint sprigs. You can use julep cups or any glasses you have on hand.
How Long Does Simple Syrup Last in the Fridge?
You can refrigerate the syrup for up to a week so you can double or triple the batch to have enough on hand for a second round of cocktails.