Maker’s Mark Mint Julep

I am a huge fan of Maker’s Mark. It is my goto daily bourbon. Great straight or with a wide variety of mixers.

As mentioned on the Life in a Kilt Podcast today, here is the recipe. Stolen directly from Maker’s Mark, because why mess with perfection.

The Mint Julep is a classic and it does not need to be derby time to enjoy one.

Also, everyone should know how to make a simple syrup. It is the base for so many good cocktails. And you can flavor it with just about anything.  You should always have some in the fridge.

Maker’s Mark Mint Julep



  • 1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • Fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup* muddled with mint
  • Splash of distilled water
  • Powdered sugar
  • Mint sprig for garnish

For the simple syrup.

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup distilled water


  1. For simple syrup, add 1 cup granulated sugar to 1 cup water in a saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar, stirring constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix together simple syrup muddled with mint, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and distilled water.
  3. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over top.
  4. Sprinkle top of ice with powdered sugar.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Mint Julep from Maker’s Mark

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