A Mint Julep is an easy-to-make refresher that shouldn’t be reserved just for Derby Day.
Mint Juleps, a bourbon based cocktail best known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, is an easy-to-make refresher that shouldn’t be reserved just for Derby Day.
Born in the south in the United States during the 18th century, the Mint Julep is traditionally served in a julep cup with crushed ice and a mint garnish. Use the highest quality bourbon you can find for this drink since it’s the star of the show.
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- ¼ oz simple syrup
- 8 mint leaves
- 2 oz bourbon
- 2 cups crushed ice
Step 1: Crush The Ice
Place ice in lewis bag, close the flap. Pound ice in the bag with the hammer until crushed. Set aside.
Step 2: Assemble Mint Julep
In a julep cup, muddle the mint and simple syrup. Add bourbon and pack tightly with 1 cup of crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted. Top with 1 cup of crushed ice, or with enough to form an ice dome in the cup. Garnish with mint leaves.