Sparkling Mint Juleps

April 3, 2014
Put a little sparkle in your julep with super fun, super delicious Sparkling Mint Juleps. Who knew a little bourbon, a little bubbly, and a little mint could be soooo good?

Sparkling Mint Julep in Stemmed Champagne Flute Image

Here's a little-known-fact about me -- I'm a big fan of bubbles! Yes, I looove me some bubbles. Both the soapy blow-them-like-a-little-kid kind and the sparkling sipping kind.  Hard to say which I like better, but it's probably the sparkling wine kind. Oh, how I love to sip those sparkly little bubbles.

From elaborate celebrations like weddings and parties, to enjoying a little impromptu get-together with friends, to a simple quiet evening at home, sparkling wine just adds the right amount of sparkle to any occasion.

Who knew a little bourbon, a little bubbly, and a little mint could be soooo good?

And you know what? Sparkling wines go beautifully with a whole host of different mixers to make fabulous sparkling cocktails like Champagne Margaritas, a sparkling Cosmopolitan, or a sparkling apple pie cocktail, too. And like these super fun, super delicious Sparkling Mint Juleps.

Man alive, are Sparkling Mint Juleps good -- winning a seal of approval from both me and my non-wine drinking husband. Who knew a little bourbon, a little sparkling wine, and a little mint could be so good?

Sparkling Mint Julep in Stemless Champagne Flute Image

Sparkling Mint Julep Ingredients:

It takes just 4 ingredients to make a refreshing Sparkling Mint Julep. To whip one up, you'll need:

  • Bourbon - The liquor that serves as the backbone of the drink.
  • Fresh mint - It wouldn't be a Mint Julep without the mint! Muddle fresh mint leaves with the bourbon to bring this signature element to the drink.
  • Simple syrup - This syrupy mixture of granulated sugar and water is typically used to bring sweetness to cocktails, and sweetens the bourbon in a Sparkling Mint Julep. Make simple syrup by placing equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan and heating while stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Sparkling wine - Choose your favorite sparkling wine for this cocktail, such as Prosecco, Cava, or a true Champagne. We recommend choosing a drier sparkling wine. 

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How to Make Sparkling Mint Juleps:

Whipping up these tasty little jules ... I mean, jewels, ... is easy.  Simply combine a bit of bourbon, a bit of simple syrup, and a few fresh mint leaves in a sturdy glass.

Muddle (or crush) them together with a spoon or a muddler, if you have one, pressing the mint leaves firmly against the side of the glass to release their oils.

Muddling Mint Into Bourbon in a Glass Image

Strain the bourbon-mint mixture into a champagne flute, then fill the remainder of the flute with sparkling wine. We usually choose a Prosecco, which is a sparkling wine from Italy.

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To finish off the cocktail, garnish it with a nice sprig of fresh mint.

Mint Sprig Garnish On a Sparkling Mint Julep Image

Then get ready to sip away at the delicious bourbon-y bubbles!

Whether you like to enjoy your bubbles "alone" or in a fun cocktail concoction like these Sparkling Mint Juleps, sparkling wine is just perfect for sipping for any occasion -- from an elaborate party celebration to a quiet Tuesday at home.

Check out these other fun & tasty sparkling cocktails:

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Yield: 1 cocktail
Sparkling Mint Juleps

Sparkling Mint Juleps

Put a little sparkle in your julep with super fun, super delicious Sparkling Mint Juleps. Who knew a little bourbon, a little bubbly, and a little mint could be soooo good?
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


For each cocktail:
  • 3 large mint leaves
  • 2 tsp. simple syrup*
  • 2 T. bourbon
  • 4 oz. chilled Prosecco (or other sparkling wine)
  • additional mint sprigs for garnish (optional)


  1. Place mint leaves, simple syrup, and bourbon in a sturdy glass.
  2. Muddle well by repeatedly pressing down on and crushing the mint leaves with a muddler or the back of a sturdy spoon. Be sure to thoroughly crush the mint leaves.
  3. Strain the bourbon mixture into a chilled champagne flute. Gently pour in Prosecco.
  4. Garnish with a mint sprig, if desired.
  1. * To make simple syrup, place equal parts water and granulated sugar in a saucepan (I usually do 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar). Heat over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool.
  2. Beware -- this is a strong drink!
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Sparkling Mint Juleps ~ Put a little sparkle in your julep with super fun, super delicious Sparkling Mint Juleps!  Who knew a little bourbon, a little bubbly, and a little mint could be soooo good?

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  1. ooh yum! I bet this would be great with a mint simple syrup too. pinning!

    1. I agree, Danielle! Mint simple syrup would be great, too. Enjoy!

  2. Yummy..this looks so tasty. I have not tried La Marca Prosecco before. Have to ..pinning this. found at cheerios and lattes. have a great weekend.

  3. What a unique cocktail! Can't wait to try this:)

    1. Thank you, Ginnie! It is REALLY good. Who knew bubbly and bourbon played well together?!?

  4. Your recipe has been featured here >
    Happy Derby week and keep on drinking!

  5. This is a great recipe for the summer season. It is hot today and I would make it.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow.


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