Chris McMillian’s Mint Julep

Chris McMillian, Revel Cafe & Bar | New Orleans

Chris McMillian Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

“The beauty of the Mint Julep is its simplicity,” says longtime New Orleans bartender Chris McMillian. “It’s about making each element the best that you can, and understanding that your idea of the best may change over time.” McMillian has been perfecting his recipe for over two decades and he’s famous for serving his take on the iconic cocktail with a side of performance art, reciting by memory an ode to the drink penned in the 1890s by J. Soule Smith.

At Revel, McMillian keeps 18 silver-plated julep tins of various sizes on-hand and adjusts the amount of bourbon and simple syrup accordingly.


Serving: 1

  • 2 to 4 ounces bourbon, preferably Maker's Mark
  • 2 to 4 ounces bourbon, preferably Maker's Mark
  • 1/2 to 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 to 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 10 fresh mint sprigs
  • 10 fresh mint sprigs

Garnish: mint sprigs

  1. In a julep tin, add the mint and gently muddle.
  2. Fill the cup with hand-crushed ice until there is a small mound above the the top rim of the cup.
  3. Pour the bourbon over the ice followed by the simple syrup.
  4. Top with additional crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with 1 to 2 mint sprigs.
  6. Serve with a straw.

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