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The Mint Julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, that originates from the Southern United States. The word 'julep' is derived from the Persian 'julab' meaning "rose water". There are a number of ways to make a mint julep, and all are served on the rocks over crushed ice in a julep glass—specifically a highball glass—with a narrow cocktail straw. It is correct to use the straw when drinking this cocktail.

  • Mint Julep from the Wikibooks Bartending Guide -- original source of recipe, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License
  • Serves 1



  1. Crush the sugar with four sprigs of mint in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice and then add the bourbon. Feel free to add more bourbon to fill the glass, if necessary.
  3. Garnish with remaining mint.
  4. Insert a straw, cutting it to no more than 2 inches (5 cm) above the rim of the glass (allows one to smell the julep while drinking).
  5. Serve.

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