“A Mint Julep
is a very southern drink made of bourbon, fresh mint and sugar and has been
around since the 1700’s.” Cheryl
fresh mint, plus more for garnish
In a small
saucepan, combine the sugar, water and mint.
Bring to a
boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mixture has reduced
thin syrup, about 5 to 6 minutes.
the mint and allow the sugar syrup to cool.
glasses with lots of ice (cubed or crushed) and in each.
tablespoon of the simple syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon.
Stir or shake
until well-blended and cold.
mint sprigs and serve immediately.
can make the sugar syrup in advance, the addition of the mint may cause it to
get cloudy and it may turn a greenish color after a day or so in the fridge.
It’s also dynamite
added to iced tea on a hot day.
cocktail’s star ingredient is the American whiskey called bourbon, named after
Kentucky country where most of the corn-based spirit is distilled. I use
traditionally served in silver or pewter cups, any tall glass will do. The most
important thing is that the drink is really, really cold and the garnish be
enhance the mint experience.