How To Make a Mint Julep April 25, 2019

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Let’s be honest, this classic race day drink certainly ain’t broke, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fix it. Our very own Chef Carol England shows you how to make a Mint Julep, and then adds a spicy twist for the adventurous souls.

How To Make A Mint Julep

Spicy Mint Julep Spritz

The Cocktail

By Chef Carol England
Makes 8-10 Servings


  • 1 Bunch Mint
  • 2 Cups Bourbon
  • 1 Cup Jalapeño Syrup
  • 2 Cups Seltzer
  • Crushed Ice
  • Mint Leaves for Garnish
  • Jalapeño slices for Garnish


  1. At the bottom of a pitcher, muddle mint until fragrant.
  2. Add jalapeño syrup (if desired), bourbon, and seltzer; stir to combine.
  3. Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour over cocktail.
  4. Garnish with mint leaves and jalapeño slices.

How to Make a Mint Julep

The Jalapeño Syrup

Note: Syrup can be made up to a week ahead.


  • 1 Jalapeño
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water


  1. Halve jalapeño lengthwise, leaving seeds and ribs.
  2. In a small pot, combine water, sugar, and halved jalapeño.
  3. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil to dissolve sugar.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. Strain out the jalapeño.

There you have it; the perfect race day beverage!  Feeling inspired to flex your hosting muscles? Check out our Fool-Proof Guide To The Ultimate Summer Party so you can keep the festivities going and the cocktails flowing!

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