The mint julep is best known as the famed Kentucky Derby drink, where it’s traditionally served in silver glasses or cups, but the first printed mention of it appeared in a book published in London in 1803 in which writer John Davis described it as “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.” You might want to wait till the evening, though. Unless you’re taking the day off!
Servings: 2Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped roughly
8 ounces bourbon*
extra fresh mint sprigs for garnish
* You can make a non-alcoholic mint julep by replacing the bourbon with cola or tea.
Make a syrup of water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small pot; boil on high until the sugar is dissolved. Let syrup cool then strain liquid to remove mint leaves. Fill two glasses or goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and half of the mint syrup into each glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Makes two drinks. (Recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, and so on, depending on how many drinks you want to make.)
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