Mint julep

Mint julep


  • 60ml bourbon
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 8 mint leaves
To be fair, it's always a good time to make a Mint Julep, but if there's an official day for it - well, why not? Makes 1

This bourbon cocktail originates in the southern United States. Dating back to 1803, the 'julep' name identifies it as a drink that's served over ice, and the simple ingredients - bourbon, sugar, water and mint - make it super-easy for even a beginner to nail.

For almost a century, the Mint Julep has been the traditional drink at the famous Kentucky Derby horse race, where around 120,000 cocktails are served every year.

At these flash events, tradition dictates that a premium Mint Julep is served in a gold-plated cup, with silver straws - a drink that'll set you back a cool US$1000! Although a simple highball glass works fine, if you can get your hands on a Julep cup, it does make the experience extra-fun!

  1. In a Julep cup or highball glass, lightly muddle the mint and sugar syrup - don't overdo it, 6 - 8 turns of the muddler should be enough. Add crushed ice, the bourbon and a splash of water. Stir well and garnish with a mint sprig.

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