6 Fresh and Summery Mint Julep Variations

An iconic summer bourbon cocktail, the mint julep is a favorite in our house. Check out all these unique mint julep recipe variations to keep this classic cocktail fresh and exciting all season long.


  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 0.5 - 1 tsp coarse Demerara sugar (or to taste)
  • 2.5 oz high-quality bourbon


  1. Right in the serving glass, muddle the fresh mint and sugar.
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Add the bourbon, stir, and let it sit on the ice for a minute to chill.
  4. Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves.