Cocktail Recipe: Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep (Batch of 8)

Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep

Yield: 8 drinks

Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep


  • 14 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 8 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 30-40 Fresh Mint Leaves


  1. To make the julep mix: Prepare mint extract by removing the small, tender mint leaves. Wash, pat dry and put 30-40 leaves in a small mixing bowl and cover with 3 oz. of Bulleit Bourbon. Soak the leaves for at least 15 minutes. Remove the mint leaves, place in a clean cotton cloth and wring vigorously over the bowl, bruising the leaves. Keep dipping the cloth in bourbon (several times) and wringing the leaves so the juice of the mint is dripped back into the bourbon. Set this mint extract aside for at least 1 hour. (Or if you prefer, you can place the mint leaves back in the extract for a more concentrated mint flavor.) Combine the mint extract with the simple syrup in a covered glass container or jar and refrigerate overnight.
  2. To make the drinks: Fill each cup with crushed ice and add 1 1/3 oz. of bourbon and 1 oz. marinated julep mix. Top off cup with crushed ice (10-20% over the rim, like a snow cone). Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, add a small drinking straw, and serve with a napkin.