How to make a ‘Mint Julep’

This drink lent its name to a film that featured James Gandolfini, four years before he became known for his part as Tony Soprano. The film took 15 years to make, so let’s try and whip this drink up a little faster.


  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • Old-fashioned glass
  • Crushed ice


  1. Place 5 or 6 leaves of mint in the bottom of a pre-chilled glass.
  2. Add sugar and crush slightly with a muddler.
  3. Pack glass with finely cracked ice.
  4. Pour a generous 3 ounces of Kentucky bourbon over the ice.
  5. Stir briskly until the glass frosts.
  6. Add more ice and stir again before serving.
  7. Stick a few sprigs of mint into the ice so that the drinker can smell the aroma.


Still not enough mint flavour? Try this: For each julep, lightly cover about 10 sprigs of mint with superfine sugar, add an ounce of spring water, macerate, let stand for 10-15 minutes, and strain through a fine sieve into the ice-filled glass. Then add whiskey and proceed as above. If you’ll stoop to maceration, you might also want to float 1/2 ounce of dark Jamaica rum on top.

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