High side view of lemon lavender mint julep garnished with fresh mint, lavender and lemon peel

Lemon Lavender Mint Julep

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails


These Lemon Lavender Mint Juleps are a refreshing spring cocktail made with a homemade lavender lemon simple syrup! The perfect drink for Kentucky Derby Day or your next dinner party. 



Lemon Lavender Simple Syrup: 

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1-inch pieces of lemon peel
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried lavender


  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon
  • 1 1/2 oz lemon lavender simple syrup
  • 3 mint leaves
  • Crushed ice (enough to fill glass)
  • For garnish: more mint, lemon peel, lavender (optional)


Simple syrup: 

  1. Add water and sugar to a small pot over medium-high heat. Heat until sugar dissolves, stirring often. 
  2. Add lemon juice, lavender and lemon peel. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and let sit for 30-60 minutes. 
  4. Strain through a fine mesh colander to remove lemon peel and lavender buds and store in a glass jar until ready to use.


  1. In a glass of choice, gently muddle mint with simple syrup. (If you muddle too much, the mint will become bitter.)
  2. Add bourbon and ice, stir and garnish. Enjoy!


To make a mocktail version, swap the bourbon with 2 oz of lemonade. It’s delicious and so refreshing!