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Frozen Mint Julep

This frozen mint julep is a cool and refreshing adult summer slushie with sweet and smoky bourbon and fresh mint.

Frozen Mint Julep served with fresh mint.

The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate this iconic event than with a refreshing and delicious frozen mint julep? 

This frozen mint julep has refreshingly sweet mint simple syrup, lots of cold ice, smoky bourbon, and fresh mint leaves blended together to make a frosty and invigorating cocktail perfect for sipping while watching the race, or lounging on the porch on a hot summer day.

This classic cocktail is a staple in the South and for good reason! 

It’s crisp, cool, and perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of sweetness and a refreshing hint of mint

So get ready, wear your fanciest hat, and raise a glass to this iconic Southern tradition!

Bourbon in a blender with ice.
Frozen Mint Julep blended.

Ingredients for frozen mint julep

  • Mint simple syrup – Mint simple syrup is super easy to make! Check out my recipe for Mint Simple Syrup to make your own!
  • Bourbon – Bourbon is a classic ingredient in a mint julep.
  • Ice – Ice will help turn this drink into a slushie delight!
  • Fresh mint leaves – Fresh only, not dried!
Frozen Mint Julep garnished with mint.

Why fresh mint leaves?

Fresh herbs have a cleaner, brighter flavor, and a more delicate texture.

Dried herbs have a more muted, and slightly bitter flavor to them, and an unpleasant leathery texture. They will not release any oils or fragrances into the beverage because they are dried.

Frozen Mint Julep garnished with fresh mint.

What is Bourbon?

Bourbon is a barrel-aged American whiskey made from corn.

The difference between bourbon whiskey, and whiskey, is that bourbon whiskey has to be made of at least 51% corn mash.

And nothing is more Southern than Kentucky bourbon!

Frozen Mint Julep in a blender.


If you would like to add your own spin on this frozen mint julep, here are some fun additions that would be tasty:

  • Sugared rim 
  • Garnish with cherries or an orange slice
  • Add a splash of club soda to make it fizzy!
  • If you’re in need of a sugar-free option, make your simple syrup with your favorite sugar substitute. 

Storage and leftovers

Frozen mint juleps are best consumed as soon as they’re made, so unfortunately, no leftovers here!

Frozen Mint Julep in a mason jar.

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Frozen Mint Julep

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This frozen mint julep is a cool and refreshing adult summer slushie with sweet and smoky bourbon and fresh mint.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 cocktails



  • In a high-powered blender add ice, bourbon, and simple syrup.
  • Blend until smooth and garnish with fresh mint if desired.


6 ounces is equal to 3/4 cup.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Sodium: 15mg | Sugar: 4g
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword frozen bourbon cocktail, frozen bourbon slushie, frozen Kentucky derby cocktail, frozen mint julep cocktail, kentucky derby drink, mint cocktail, mint julep cocktail
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About Brandy!

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