The Mint Julep is associated with the Ketucky Derby, but this refreshing bourbon cocktail is good anytime of the year.
The Mint Julep is a cocktail made with a little bit of sugar, lots of crushed ice, and a good quality bourbon.
- 3 leaves of mint + one sprig for garnish
- 1 Tblsp minted simple syrup
- 1 ounce quality bourbon
- crushed ice
Traditionally, the mint julep is served in a chilled pewter or stainless steel cup. If you don’t have a julep cup, feel free to use any cocktail glass.
In the bottom of a Julep cup or chilled cocktail glass, muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup.
Fill glass with crushed ice and stir.
Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve with cocktail straw.
MINT SIMPLE SYRUP
- Equal parts sugar and water
- sprigs of fresh mint
Bring sugar and water to a boil. Lower heat and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Add sprigs of mint and allow to cool completely. Pour unused syrup into a jar, seal tightly and place in refrigerator and chill for 24 hours. The syrup keeps refrigerated for a week.