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Cheater Mint Juleps

Enjoy the refreshing signature Derby cocktail all summer long with this simpler prep method.
Course Drinks
Keyword bourbon, cocktails, whiskey
Servings 1 drink


Mint Maple Simple Syrup

  • 3/4 cup water
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • a large bunch of fresh mint

For the Mint Julep Cocktail (makes 1 drink)

  • crushed ice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 oz maple mint syrup, or more, to taste
  • Fresh mint, to garnish


For the Mint Maple Simple Syrup

  • Combine the water and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil, then simmer until combined.
  • Remove from heat, and add the fresh mint. Cover and set aside to infuse for at least 30 minutes (I often leave mine in the refrigerator overnight for a really minty flavor).
  • Strain the mint, transfer the syrup to a glass jar, and store in the refrigerator.

For the Cocktail:

  • Fill a glass with crushed ice, then pour the bourbon and simple syrup over the ice. Top with fresh mint, and enjoy!