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
1/2 to 1 ounce club soda
Mint sprig for garnish – optional
How To Do This:
- To make the syrup, combine the sugar, water and mint leaves in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Stir until sugar is dissolved and the mixture almost comes to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- When syrup has cooled strain out the leaves and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
- 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.
- Add the Bourbon and mint syrup and shake again.
- Strain over crushed ice** in a cocktail glass.
- Add club soda and stir. Garnish if desired.
*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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