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National Mint Julep Day – Celebrate with an Easy Mint Julep Recipe

If you like refreshing summer cocktails, you’ll enjoy celebrating National Mint Julep Day. This national day is observed every year on May 30.

A mint julep is made from three main components: fresh mint, sugar and whiskey (traditionally bourbon whiskey). The cocktail has a subtle sweetness and just enough whiskey to make you forget the summer heat.

Mint juleps are often thought of as a Southern drink, because they have been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1939. However, you don’t have to live in the south to enjoy this minty cocktail.

Keep reading for fun ways to celebrate National Mint Julep Day, and to get an easy mint julep recipe.Two mint juleps in clear glasses with a neon green box at the bottom of the image with black text over it that reads National Mint Julep Day May 30.

How to observe National Mint Julep Day

There are lots of ways to observe this cocktail-themed national day. Below are a few creative ways to celebrate.

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More May 30 national days

If you enjoyed learning about National Mint Julep Day, you might be interested to know that this cocktail themed national day isn’t the only special reason to celebrate May 30.

There are close to 2000 national days during the year and 150 of them are May national days. Below are a list of all the May 30 national days. 

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Yield: 1 mint julep

Traditional Mint Julep Recipe

Traditional Mint Julep Recipe

A traditional mint julep is sweet and minty and invokes thoughts of summer.

This cocktail, which is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby uses bourbon, sugar, and mint.

Print out the mint julep recipe and serve it during your next cocktail party!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon*
  • Crushed ice


  1. Place the mint leaves and sugar cube in a chilled mint julep cup.**
  2. Muddle the two ingredients together until the sugar cube has broken down entirely and the mint has released its oils.
  3. Add in the bourbon.
  4. Fill the cup with crushed ice.***
  5. Stir the drink.
  6. Slap a sprig of mint between your hands to release its fragrance, and garnish with it.
  7. Serve immediately.


*We recommend using a good quality bourbon. This drink has only three ingredients, and if you use a nice bourbon, you'll end up with a tastier cocktail.

**If you don't have a metal mint julep cup, you can use a rocks glass instead.

***While traditional mint juleps have crushed ice, if you don't have any you can substitute regular ice.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 13Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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