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Image credit: Cheryl and Adam
“A Mint Julep is a very southern drink made of bourbon, fresh mint and sugar and has been around since the 1700’s.” Cheryl and Adam
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish
8 ounces bourbon
Make the simple syrup:
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 to
thin syrup, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Strain out the mint and allow the sugar syrup to cool.
Chill until cold.
To make the cocktails:
Fill your glasses with lots of ice (cubed or crushed) and in each.
Add 1 tablespoon of the simple syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon.
Stir or shake until well-blended and cold.
Garnish with mint sprigs and serve immediately.
Although you 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.
The cocktail’s star ingredient is the American whiskey called bourbon, named after the
Kentucky country where most of the corn-based spirit is distilled. I use Maker’s Mark.
Although 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 prominent to
enhance the mint experience.
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