Ginger Mint Julep Recipe

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With spring in the air and Kentucky Derby day approaching it is the perfect time for this refreshing Ginger Mint Julep Recipe.

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According to estimates about 120,000 Mint Juleps are sold at Churchill Downs over Kentucky Derby weekend. That is quite an impressive number! I have never been able to attend the Kentucky Derby, but this drink will make you feel like you are part of the action. It takes the traditional Mint Julep Recipe and adds a little bit of ginger to liven up the flavor.

A refreshing Mint Julep Recipe with water and mint leaves.

The ginger and mint combine together for a refreshing spring cocktail. I added the ginger flavor adding a little bit of ginger root to the sugar syrup that I made.  This recipe makes enough for 8 mint juleps, but if you aren’t serving that many you can save the sugar syrup in the refrigerator for using another day.

Simple syrup jar with a spoon for Mint Julep recipe.

Making Sugar Syrup

Sugar Syrup is easy to make since it is just taking water and sugar and boiling it to dissolve all the sugar and super saturate the water with sugar. Adding a small piece of peeled ginger with the sugar gives the syrup a spicy gingery taste. You can buy Sugar Syrup at many stores, but it only takes about five minutes to make so it is almost no effort at all.

A refreshing cocktail featuring mint leaves and ice.

The Ginger Mint Julep is made by putting a little mint in a glass and muddling it with sugar syrup. Then you top the glass off with Bourbon and ice and a little bit more mint to garnish.

Mint Julep Recipe

5 from 7 votes

Ginger Mint Julep

Published By Anne
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ginger Sugar Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 inch gingerroot

Mint Julep

  • Sugar Syrup
  • mint sprigs
  • 8 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup Bourbon


  • Peel the ginger root and put it in a saucepan with the water and sugar.
    1 cup sugar, 1 inch gingerroot, 1 cup water
  • Boil for 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool, and then strain it to remove the ginger root.
    Sugar Syrup
  • To make the Juleps put 3 mint sprigs in the bottom of a glass. Add 2 T of ginger sugar syrup and muddle the mixture.
    mint sprigs
  • Top with 1 c. of ice and 2 T of Bourbon. Mix and serve.
    8 cup crushed ice, 1 cup Bourbon

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 0.02g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.001g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.03mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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Mint leaves and ice make a refreshing Mint Julep recipe.

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11 thoughts on “Ginger Mint Julep Recipe”

  1. Loved watching the Derby yesterday! I was not in a place where I could whip up this cocktail so I will have to save it for the future. I love the whole ambiance of the race, the outfits, the horses, the jockey’s silks, and the HATS! Love the hats! Thanks for sharing, it looks delish!

  2. Yum!! I don’t think I’ve ever had a mint julep before, but this looks really great! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us at the Merry Monday link party. Hope to see you again next week!

  3. This might just be an elixir from the Gods!!! How scrumptious and refreshing does this sound?! Thank you for bringing your fantastic post to Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again this weekend!! 🙂

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  4. 5 stars
    What a refreshing beverage that we will love! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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