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This summer, cool off with a refreshing Frozen Mint Julep! You only need 4 simple, inexpensive ingredients to whip up a frozen twist on a Kentucky Derby classic. Each sip of these drinks will make you think of sunshine, summer, and happy days!

Four frozen mint juleps are placed on a serving tray.

I’ll be honest with you – I don’t think about the state of Kentucky a lot. But I’m very grateful for Kentucky nonetheless, because that state is responsible for originating one of my favorite summertime cocktails, the mint julep! And while classic mint juleps aren’t frozen, this recipe is still as simple and authentic as it gets.

If you’ve never had a mint julep, you’re really missing out!

When sipping on one of these frozen cocktails, you mainly taste the slightly sweet, refreshing flavor of mint that will make you feel cooled off even in the hottest of summer heat. Oh, and there’s a pretty nice splash of bourbon in there too, to really make you feel relaxed!

I always advise anyone I serve these to to be careful. These frozen mint juleps are minty with a touch of sweetness, and so icy that they’re unbelievably smooth and easy to drink.

However, that bourbon is strong, even if it’s not the most domineering flavor. So, a warning – these juleps will creep up on you if you’re not careful!

Mint sprigs are placed on and around four mint juleps.


  • Mint simple syrup – Can’t find any mint simple syrup at the store? That’s okay, you can make your own! My recipe also calls for a little vanilla, which you can omit or leave in for some added sweetness.
  • Bourbon – Keep things authentic by using a Kentucky bourbon! Honestly, there are so many delicious brands of bourbon from Kentucky, it’s hard to pick a favorite. As long as it’s not cheap and from that state, it should be perfect for your cocktails!
  • Ice – 5 cups of ice is enough to make these drinks slushy and not too frozen. You need to be able to sip it through a straw, after all.
  • Mint sprigs – The perfect garnishes for your frozen mint juleps are fresh mint sprigs, or course!
A metal tray holds several cups filled with frozen mint julep.

Variations to try

  • Make it a double! While I always encourage drinking responsibly, I won’t judge you for making one of these frozen cocktails even stronger. Just know that the bourbon will be much more noticeable once doubled!
  • Add a splash of fresh lemon juice for even more flavor. It’s a tasty, easy way to add a little tartness to the mix.
  • Want to make these cocktails even more picturesque? Garnish them with orange slices alongside the mint sprigs.
Mint sprigs sit on top of frozen cocktails.

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Frozen Mint Julep

This is a frozen twist on the traditional mint julep! Made with a homemade mint syrup and bourbon it's an incredibly refreshing cocktail perfect for this season!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 mint juleps
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • ¾ cup (177 ml) mint simple syrup, (just omit the vanilla when making this or keep it for a fun twist!)
  • ¾ cup (177 ml) bourbon
  • 5 cups (1183 g) ice
  • Mint sprigs, as a garnish

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  • Prepare the mint simple syrup according to recipe instructions. Let it cool down completely.
  • Prepare the frozen mint julep. Add the mint syrup, bourbon and ice to the glass of a blender. Process until smooth.
  • Pour into glasses and garnish with mint sprigs.

Recipe Notes

You can refrigerate the syrup for up to a week so you can double or triple the batch to have enough on hand for a second round of cocktails.


Serving: 1 mint julep | Calories: 282 kcal | Carbohydrates: 51 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 55 mg | Potassium: 98 mg | Sugar: 51 g

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Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: drink recipe, easy cocktail, frozen drink
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