Drink from the cup of history with the Mint Julep


Along with the Mojito, the Julep is the king of mint-based cocktails. Originating centuries ago in the deep South and famously associated with the Kentucky Derby since the thirties, this warm weather cocktail is a simple and refreshing mix of mint leaves, sugar, water, crushed ice and, of course, bourbon.

Traditionally, Mint Juleps were served in silver or pewter cups and held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup, allowing frost to form on the outside of it. Today, Mint Juleps are most commonly served in a tall old-fashioned glass, Collins glass, or highball glass.

Main alcohol : Bourbon

Ingredients

Cracked Ice
2 oz Bourbon
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon Sugar
8 Whole Mint Leaves
1 Sprig Mint

Preparation

Gently muddle a handful of mint leaves into a highball glass with 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add 2 oz bourbon and stir well until the glass is very cold. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and serve.

Drinkware : Julep Cup or Highball Glass

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