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The BEST Low Carb Mint Julep Recipe EVER!

A low-carb mint julep that actually
tastes good?
I’ll be the judge of that.
Welcome to Highfalutin’ Low-Carb, the
weekly web series where we find and test
the best low carb recipes these
interwebs have to offer. My name is Wes,
and today I’m going to show you how we
handle mint juleps here at the
Highfalutin’ Headquarters.
I’m skeptical, but hopeful. Now, for those of
you that don’t know, the mint julep is a
Southern staple. This classic cocktail
recipe is simple perfection and requires
just three ingredients: fresh mint
really good bourbon, and sugar. Glorious,
beautiful sugar. Which means a mint julep
is totally off limits for a low-carb eater.
So to solve this dilemma, enter Swerve.
Swerve is an artificial sweetener made
from a sugar alcohol known as erythritol.
Now, like xylitol, it doesn’t spike blood
sugar in most people. Unlike xylitol, it
also doesn’t cause (clears throat) bowel distress, at least
for me. What I love most is that Swerve
doesn’t have a chemical aftertaste.
It is the closest substitute I’ve ever
found for sugar – period. So, go ahead and
swing for that bag of Swerve sweetener.
Now, I swear this is not a paid ad, but
Swerve, if you’re listening, call me! Now
let’s focus on the mint. Pull a couple of
fresh mint leaves from the stem and
place them in a cocktail shaker.
So, you’re probably thinking that you’re
finally going to get a chance to use
that fancy muddler you have on something other than
Well, don’t. I don’t care who tells you
otherwise, a mint julep should never be
muddled! All it does is shred the mint
and overpower the rest of the flavors in
the drink. I’m having bourbon, remember?
Not brushing my teeth.
So instead, just place a few leaves in
your hand and slap them a few times. This
bruises the mint, releasing just the
right amount of flavor.
Now, just add some sugar… I mean Swerve! (bag noises)
So, Swerve measures cup-for-cup, just like sugar.
And I usually use a couple of teaspoons
of sugar or simple syrup in my mint
juleps, so let’s use the same amount of
Swerve. At this point, some recipes called
for a tablespoon of water or club soda
to help dissolve the sweetener. But, I
mean, I’ve got a bottle of bourbon just
sitting here, so, why not?
There’s going to be plenty of water from
all the ice we’re about to add. So, dribble a
teaspoon or so of bourbon into the
shaker and mix it well. Now I probably
should have stirred this a lot longer,
but you’ll see that in a minute. Take out the
chilled glass or julep cup that you
keep stashed in the freezer. Transfer the
sweetened mint into your cup. If you’re
wondering why I took the time to use a
shaker at all, it’s actually because, well,
I’ve scratched the inside of our fancy julep
cups and I’m not allowed to anymore. So fill
the cup with crushed ice to the very top.
Some people prefer very finely crushed
ice but here in Florida I like to use
slightly larger pieces so that they last
The ice is an integral part of a mint
julep because the ice *is* the mixer. So
finding the perfect melt ratio of ice to
bourbon is the hallmark of a well-made
mint julep! And now for the star of the
show. Pour exactly two ounces of your
favorite bourbon over the ice and top
the cup with ice again, creating a small
mound with the ice.
Now, two ounces of bourbon has zero carbs,
but it does have about 140 calories. So
be sure to measure carefully. Don’t be
tempted to add more than the recipe
calls for. Nope. Never do that.
So, there you have it folks. A low-carb mint
julep that any self-respecting
southerner would be proud to serve!
Allright guys. So, bottoms up!
Wow! Holy sh#t, guys! All right, it needs to
be mixed up. Hold on. This, guys! Oh, that is
so good! But it does need to be mixed up a little bit.
I’m gonna do something a little unorthodox here. Probably the sweetener didn’t
get all the way mixed together. That happens
sometimes with sugar. With regular sugar. Give this a good stir.
Ah! Okay, now let’s see. Try it again.
Y’all, that is amazing.
Um, the problem with artificial
sweeteners is that they taste like sh#t. The pink
stuff gives me a headache.
The blue stuff tastes like @ss. The yellow
stuff instantly makes me feel like I
have asthma or something. I’m not
So, it’s some bad sh#t, guys. Ha. But for some reason I can
tolerate Swerve. I can tolerate Swerver, and
it tastes like sugar!
It does have a little bit of a cooling
after taste, I guess you could say. I
hesitate to say taste because it’s more
of an aftereffect. But, it’s a minty
tingle that sometimes shows up in baked
goods when your bake with Swerve. But it’s
perfect for a mint julep! Love it!
Alright guys, I’m sorry
for whatever you do to your low-carb diet
after you drink one of these. All bets
are off.
Don’t blame me for that. But right now,
this is kickin ass!
Thanks for stopping by. If you liked this
video, hit the like button below. Or
better yet, hit the like button AND the
subscribe button!
These videos are way for me to maintain
my focus on a low-carb eating plan. I’ve
personally experienced the weight loss
and better health that a low carb
lifestyle can produce. So, I appreciate
you joining me on the journey. You guys
help keep me honest. We make videos every
week, so if there’s a low-carb recipe you’d
like me to try, let me know in the
comments below.
We’ll see ya again soon!

Randall Smitham



  1. Highfalutin' Low Carb Posted on March 1, 2017 at 5:03 am

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  4. bamagrlie Posted on March 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I was impressed with the biscuits, but then I saw Mint Juleps. This is my happy place.

  5. Patterson Shenanigans Posted on April 21, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Great Swerve tip for you…..put it in the blender!!! This will make it into a powder that mixes better in your recipes….and makes it last longer! Great videos!!! Can't wait to see more!!!

  6. Didi1770 Posted on May 16, 2017 at 2:32 am

    You're so fun to watch. I love your personality so much. I've better had that but I'd try it. I get tipsy quick cause I'm not a drinker. My daughter thinks it's hilarious. How about liquid sucralose in that? If I ever make it, can I use it??

  7. TeaAddictPhd Posted on June 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Ahh, the Entertainer… Sorry I'm binge watching all of your videos and commenting. You are just so refreshing!

  8. D. Carelli Posted on June 21, 2017 at 5:38 am

    what kind of Bourbon do you like?

  9. Brandi Blankenship Posted on July 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm


  10. The Low Carb Cocktail Guy Posted on July 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks for the info on swerev. I will have to try that.

  11. Kim in Alaska Posted on July 21, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    xylitol aka pet poison. just say no the xylitol. thanks for not using pet poison

  12. Trish Truitt Posted on August 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I don't even drink alcohol – but I find you so damn funny I enjoy all your videos!

  13. Ann Parker Posted on October 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I just bought a mule cup and a julep cup, even though I hardly ever drink right now in keto. Still, love to dream!
    I panic when I'm out of Swerve, because it's so easy and, I agree, the best tasting substitute. Really expensive, but hey…worth it, especially to avoid the "tummy" emergencies!

  14. Karen Courtney Posted on October 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Love your videos!

  15. Alfreedom Posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I'm a Gin and diet tonic guy. add a little lemon and lime, and lots of ice.

  16. Megan Lamb Posted on December 12, 2017 at 4:39 am

    I can really tell the difference between sugars. I switched from swerve to lakanto monk fruit sweetener. Taste the most like sugar. Give it a try in ur drink instead. Or use the powdered version. They dissolve better

  17. Barraca Posted on January 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Not sure if this is the very first video, but it is definately a huge difference between this video and the later videos. Lots of fine tuning and development. Was a little shocked by this video, I couldn't imagine you before cursing. Was still funny and very entertaining. If you happen to see this comment, my gf and I were wondering how long you been low carb or keto?

  18. Trevor O'Dell Posted on January 31, 2018 at 3:02 am

    I would love to see brownie or cookie recipes!

  19. Linus Sandström Posted on February 22, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    I like these drink recipies, u should do more of these, love you !

  20. Jan Moss Posted on February 25, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    I'm a tee totaled but I watched the video just because I love watching your videos!

  21. Lisa Rhea Posted on March 7, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    After watching your Q & A I had to go back a see your first video. I love your sound effects. I make them all the time. I might need to try a Mint Julip.

  22. Tim R Posted on March 23, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Being from the South myself, I just know your going to do a video on Potted Meat and Spam soon. The perfect Low Carb treat. lol

  23. Thomas biladeau Posted on April 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Can you post the recipe here?

  24. Treasured Heart Essentials Posted on December 29, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Have you tried MonkFruit? It tastes just like sugar to me too! No calories. A slight cooling effect like you said with Swerve too but it's very good!

  25. xx0Chrissy Posted on March 11, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Take a bunch of mint leaves, slapping them in your hands to bruise them and release their flavour. Put your mint leaves in your shaker, add 2 tsp of granular swerve. Add a teaspoon of bourbon and mix well.
    Transfer mint/swerve/bourbon mixture to chilled glass. Fill glass to the brim with ice.
    Pour 2 oz of bourbon over ice, top off glass with more ice.

  26. Nanette Vermillion Posted on April 19, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    LoL I'm glad I'm not the only one.

  27. Lisa Spikes Posted on May 30, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Mint juleps are one of my favorites!😃

  28. SophisticatedSimply Erica Posted on June 7, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Have you tried Pyure sweetener? That is what I have been using, but as I’m running low and need to restock soon, I’m wondering if you’ve tested it against Swerve? Pyure is a blend of erythritol and stevia. It is strong so I only use half as much as sugar is called for, so it lasts me a long time.