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Mint Julep

We missed the Kentucky Derby this year, but there’s no reason to miss out on this classic southern cocktail.  So put on your derby hat and mix up a batch of Juleps.  Enjoy!

The Stuff You Need:

For the mint syrup:*

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup water

10 fresh mint leaves

For the cocktail:

4 fresh mint leaves

2 ounces Bourbon

1 Tablespoon Mint Syrup

Crushed Ice

1/2 to 1 ounce club soda

Mint sprig for garnish – optional

 

How To Do This:

  1. To make the syrup, combine the sugar, water and mint leaves in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved and the mixture almost comes to a boil.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. When syrup has cooled strain out the leaves and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
  4. To make the cocktail, add fresh mint leaves to the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add 3 large cubes of ice.  Cover and shake the mint and ice to muddle the mint.
  5. Add the Bourbon and mint syrup and shake again.
  6. Strain over crushed ice** in a cocktail glass.
  7. Add club soda and stir.  Garnish if desired.

Notes:

*Mint Syrup – this recipe makes about 8 ounces of syrup, enough for about 16 (8 oz) cocktails.  Store your cooled syrup in a glass jar in your fridge.  It will keep for several weeks.

**Crushed Ice – A food processor can crush your ice for you very quickly.  If you don’t have one, you can place ice in a bag and crush it with a rolling pin or meat mallet.

You can make a mint julep without a shaker, but I highly recommend this one.

 

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