Easy Mint Julep

5 from 7 reviews

These mint juleps are refreshing, boozy and so easy to make! You’ll just need fresh mint, bourbon, maple syrup and ice. Using maple syrup instead of simple syrup saves a step. Amounts given below yield 1 cocktail; make as many as you’d like in individual glasses.

maple-sweetened mint julep recipe



  1. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a sturdy old-fashioned or rocks glass. Muddle them until the leaves are dark, fragrant and broken down, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the maple syrup and bourbon. Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir the drink for a few seconds.
  3. To garnish, gently clap the mint sprig in between your palms (this releases the fragrant mint oils). Place it in your glass and serve immediately.


Recipe roughly adapted from Alton Brown

Recommended equipment: I like this muddler and these old-fashioned glasses (affiliate links).

Recommend bourbon: Old Overholt or Bulleit bourbon.

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