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Frozen Mint Julep

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!

Frozen Mint Julep

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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):

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Mint sprigs
  • Bourbon
  • Ice

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 

Mason Jar – These small mason jars are perfect for storing simple syrup. I like to use masking tape and a marker to write the name of the syrup so I don’t forget. 

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.

Frozen Mint Julep

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.

Mint Simple Syrup

Remove from heat and strain into a jar. Let it cool down completely.

Mint Simple Syrup

Step 2. Prepare the frozen mint julep

Add the mint syrup, bourbon and ice to the glass of a blender. Process until smooth.

Blended Mint Julep

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.

Frozen Mint Julep

Frozen Mint Julep

Yield: 4 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Frozen Mint Julep is a refreshing cocktail made with homemade mint simple syrup and bourbon. A fun twist on the Kentucky Derby classic drink.

Ingredients

For the mint simple syrup:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh mint

For the frozen mint julep:

  • ¾ cup mint simple syrup
  • ¾ cup bourbon
  • 5 cups ice
  • Mint sprigs as a garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small pot over medium heat combine the sugar, water and fresh mint. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, stirring often, around 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and strain into a mason jar. Let it cool completely.
  3. Add the mint simple syrup, bourbon and ice to a blender. Process until smooth.
  4. Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with mint sprigs.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 0gSugar: 64gProtein: 0g

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