Lemon-Ginger Mint Juleps – Easy Cocktail Recipe

Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 large fresh mint leaves + 1 sprig for garnish
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (adjust to your sweetness preference)
  • 2 ounces bourbon (Maker’s Mark, Bulleit, or your favorite)
  • Crushed ice
  • Ginger Ale (to top off, Fever Tree is a good option)

Equipment:

  • Cocktail shaker or mason jar
  • Muddler or the back of a wooden spoon
  • Julep cup (optional) or rocks glass

Instructions

  • Muddle: In your cocktail shaker or mason jar, gently muddle the mint leaves, lemon wedge, and simple syrup. Muddle just enough to release the flavors, don’t pulverize the mint.
  • Add Bourbon & Ice: Add the bourbon and a generous amount of crushed ice.
  • Shake Vigorously: Shake the mixture vigorously until the outside of the shaker or jar is frosty and beaded with condensation.
  • Fill Glass: Fill your julep cup (or rocks glass) completely with crushed ice.
  • Strain: Strain the cocktail into the ice-filled glass.
  • Top & Garnish: Top up with a splash of ginger ale and garnish with a beautiful sprig of fresh mint.

Tips:

  • Sweetness: Adjust the amount of simple syrup to achieve your desired level of sweetness.
  • Make-Ahead Simple Syrup: For a batch of cocktails, prepare simple syrup by combining equal parts boiling water and sugar. Let it cool completely before using.
  • No Muddler?: If you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a sturdy wooden spoon to gently release the flavors of the mint and lemon.
  • Ice Matters: Crushed ice is essential for a classic Julep experience.

Enjoy your refreshing and flavorful Lemon-Ginger Mint Julep!

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