Frozen Mint Julep is a refreshing cocktail made with homemade mint simple syrup and bourbon. A fun twist on the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail.
It wouldn’t be a Kentucky Derby party without mint juleps! This drink will set your party apart from every other Derby party. So put on your party hat and get mixing!
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.
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.
- In a small pot over medium heat combine the sugar, water and fresh mint leaves. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, around 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain into a jar. Let it cool down completely.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Frozen Mint Julep
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
- 4 sprigs mint for garnish
- 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.
- Remove from heat and strain into a mason jar. Let it cool completely.
- Add the mint simple syrup, bourbon and ice to a blender. Process until smooth.
- Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with mint sprigs.
The nutrition information is calculated using online nutrition calculators and may not be accurate. It is provided as a general guide only.
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