Whiskey Julep Cocktail Recipe

Whiskey Julep Cocktail Recipe


An easy cocktail recipe for a

Whiskey Julep

The American classic with Bourbon and fresh mint



  • 2 parts Whiskey (preferably Bourbon)
  • 5-8 twigs of fresh mint
  • soda water
  • sugar
  • a few dashes of dark rum (optional)
  • crushed ice
  • tumbler (old-fashioned glass) or a silver cup


How to mix an Whiskey Julep

For an Whiskey Julep cocktail put 3-4 twigs of fresh mint, a teaspoon of sugar and just a bit of soda water in a mixing glass. Squash the mint and sugar. Fill the liquid of that squash in a silver cup (or a regular tumbler). Now fill the cup entirely with crushed ice.  Add Whiskey and stir slightly. Put 2-4 twigs of mint in the glass. Sprinkle some brown sugar on top of the drink and add a few dashes of dark rum. Serve with straws. If desired garnish with some cocktail cherries.

The traditional recipe adds 2-4 twigs of mint, some grapes, strawberries and a slice of orange and pineapple to the drink.


Bartender’s tips and advice

  • Both the Whiskey Julep and Brandy Julep are also referred to as Mint Julep. If you order a Mint Julep make sure to let the bartender know if you prefer brandy or whiskey.
  • This recipe is an original recipe dating back to one of the oldest cocktail recipe books ever published.
  • make sure to use fresh mint. Dried mint is not an option and will destroy the drink.
  • the European version with Cognac (brandy) was traditionally served in a cut wine glass while the American version with Bourbon is served in a real silver cup. Find the Brandy Julep here 
  • Find more even more tips and interesting facts in the bartenders guide.


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